NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk, along with the resto of Connecticut, stayed blue Tuesday night, giving Democratic candidates big margins of victory.
According to figures released Wednesday by city election officials, Norwalk residents gave re-elected Democratic President Barack Obama a nearly 2-to-1 edge over Republican opponent Gov. Mitt Romney. Obama received 22,369 votes from Norwalkers, while Romney garnered 12,773. Combined, the two other presidential candidates on the ballot, Gary Johnson and Rocky Anderson, received fewer than 400 votes.
For the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Independent Joe Lieberman, who is retiring, Democrat Chris Murphy handily beat Republican Linda McMahon in Norwalk, 20,540 to 13,008. Libertarian candidate Paul Passarelli received 484 votes.
Incumbent U.S. Rep Jim Himes (D-Greenwich) , a Democrat, doubled up his Republican opponent Steve Obsitnik in the city, 22,148 to 11,046, to retain the 4th District seat. The same goes for state Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), who easily beat Republican – and Norwalk Board of Education chairman – Jack Chiaramonte, 26,678 to 12,873. The 25th state Senate district includes part of Darien, and Chiaramonte won there over Duff, 3,528 to 2,566.
In Connecticut’s 137th District, Democratic state Rep. Chris Perone (D-Norwalk) beat Republican Joanne T. Romano by a 2-to-1 margin 5,974 to 2,918.
Incumbent Republican state Rep. Larry Cafero (R-Norwalk), who is the House Minority Leader, was one the few Republicans to win re-election from Norwalk voters. He defeated his Democratic opponent, Kate Tepper, in the 142nd District, 5,222 to 4,412. Add in votes from part of New Canaan, which Cafero also represents, and the totals were 6,148 to 4,880.
The other two Republicans that Norwalk voters helped to send back to Hartford were Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton), who received 2,740 votes compared to 2,317 for her Democratic opponent Ted Hoffstatter. The 143rd District includes parts of Westport and Wilton, which Lavielle also carried. State Rep. Terrie Wood (R-Darien) was barely edged by her opponent, Democrat Rob Werner, in Norwalk, 1,565 to 1,553 but Wood carried the portion of Darien in her 141st District, which sealed her victory.
Norwalk’s Democratic Registrar of Voters Stuart Wells said about 35,500 residents voted Tuesday, or about 80 percent of the city’s 44,559 registered voters.
“We had about 37,500, or 2,000 more, vote four years ago, but there was no hurricane,” said Wells. “So, the turnout wasn’t too bad.”