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Tight Races Leave State Blue

The governor's race in the state is still in contention, but it's plain to see Democrats had big wins across the board in Tuesday's election. Although Republicans swept Greenwich, state Rep. Livvy Floren said she thought the Democratic victories might have been due to the party's history.

"We have a long history of leaders who are well regarded and who are Democrats," said Floren, R-149th District. "[They have] vast reservoirs of goodwill and have years experience in governing."

Voters seemed impervious to the rest of the country's uproar to change the government. Throughout the state, 285,499 Connecticut voters chose Democratic candidate U.S. Senate Richard Blumenthal over Republican candidate Linda McMahon's with 250,338 votes. Democrat George Jepsen was voted in with 53 percent of the vote as the state's next attorney general over Republican Martha Dean's 44 percent.

It wasn't all doom and gloom for the Connecticut GOP, which gained ground in the General Assembly. While Democrats currently control the Senate by a 24-12 margin and the House by a 114-37 spread, preliminary election results show Republicans are set to gain 14 seats in the House and one in the Senate. The Democrats' majority may shrink to a 23-13 advantage in the Senate and a 100-51 majority in the House.

According to Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, one recount has been planned for the Senate and three for House races, matters that should be settled by Tuesday.

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