Connecticut Stays Blue in the Wake of Midterm Elections

Rebekah Brancato   News Editor

Connecticut’s 2018 midterm election resulted in a close call for governor, with Democrat Ned Lamont winning with just 2.9% more of the votes than Republican candidate Bob Stefanowski. 3.9% of the votes also went to Independent candidate Oz Gabriel.

With Connecticut being a reliably blue state, Democrats took control of Connecticut’s seats of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, and Democrats also won positions for Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Comptroller.

The election also included two ballot measures: amendment one, about the creation of a lockbox for the protection of transportation funds, and amendment two, about requirements for state property transfers. Connecticut voted over 80% yes for each of these measures.

Amendment one creates a lockbox that would prohibit lawmakers from using the state Special Transportation Fund for anything other than transportation purposes.
Amendment two increases requirements for transfer of state property, such as state parks and forests. This includes the requirement of a public hearing on bills to authorize the transfer, sale, or disposal of state-owned properties to non-state entities, and the requirement of a two-thirds vote of the Connecticut General Assembly to authorize the transfer, sale, or disposal of land under the control of the state agriculture or environmental protection departments.

In terms of voter turnout, Secretary of State Denise Merrill stated that this election “surpassed recent memory in terms of a midterm election. Usually, they are between 55 and 65 percent”. According to the Secretary of State website, voter turnout in Connecticut was over 65%.

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