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CT Dems Convention Wrap: Lamont Crowned, Bysiewicz Wins But Dealt a Blow

May 21, 2018 By Staff
CT Dems Convention Wrap: Lamont Crowned, Bysiewicz Wins But Dealt a Blow

The three-time candidate will carry the Democratic Party endorsement for governor into the summer (and maybe the fall), but Susan Bysiewicz has a primary on her hands for lieutenant governor.

The Connecticut Democrats held their convention this weekend, a week after the CT GOP held theirs, and three-time candidate Ned Lamont was the big winner on Saturday.

After failing to beat ex-Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) in 2006 and losing to Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) in a 2010 Democratic primary for governor, Lamont won the overwhelming endorsement of the party establishment at this weekend’s convention.

Lamont dunked on ex-con Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport), who failed to earn the 15 percent needed to automatically qualify for a primary. Ganim will try to petition his way on to the August ballot.

If Ganim fails to collect enough signatures for a petition, Lamont will not have a challenge until he meets his Republican opponent in the fall. Republicans will choose from at least five candidates in this summer’s primary.

Lamont was able to win by so large a margin in part because he convinced his main challenger, ex-Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D-Conn.), to join his ticket as a lieutenant gubernatorial candidate.

Bysiewicz, though, was not as popular with the party faithful. She earned 59 percent to Eva Bermudez Zimmerman’s 39.83 percent. Zimmerman is a first-time candidate who joined the lieutenant gubernatorial race last week.

The lieutenant governor’s race has become somewhat of a referendum within the Democratic Party on the diversity of their fall ticket. Zimmerman and her allies have argued a person of color should be on the statewide ticket this fall.