CT-Gov.: Herbst Gets ’14 Runner-Up McKinney; Straw Poll Results Pour InApril 30, 2018
This is the penultimate week before GOP delegates choose candidates to endorse at the party convention. Democrats endorse the following week.
Every Monday, Reclaim Connecticut will bring readers an update on campaign trail activity from the crowded Connecticut gubernatorial race. See last week’s update here.
HERBST GETS McKINNEY
Former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull) landed a big endorsement this week, less than two weeks from the CT GOP convention: former Republican Senate Leader and GOP gubernatorial candidate John McKinney.
“We all know that our state is in trouble. If we are going to save Connecticut, reverse the damage done by Dan Malloy and the Democrats in Hartford and restore prosperity, then we must nominate a Republican candidate for Governor who can win in November and who will fight fearlessly for hardworking taxpayers once in office,” McKinney wrote [in a letter to the Fairfield Republican Town Committee (RTC)]. “I believe that candidate is Tim Herbst.”
McKinney finished second to Tom Foley in the 2014 GOP gubernatorial primary.
BOUGHTON WINS STRAW POLLS
Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury) won at least two GOP straw polls last week. In Stratford, Boughton was the choice of 41 out of 59 voters (69.5 percent), according to results shared with Reclaim Connecticut.
Boughton also won a 30th Senatorial District straw poll (the 30th is in the northwest corner of the state) with 36 of 86 votes (41.9 percent.)
Thanks to everyone who came out and participated in tonight's 30th Senatorial District Gubernatorial straw poll in Kent. Connecticut, help is on the way!
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— Team Boughton (@TeamBoughton) April 28, 2018
LAURETTI, HANDLER ANNOUNCE ENDORSEMENTS
Team Lauretti campaign manager Bill Evans announced a slate of new endorsements for Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton). That list:
STEWART’S RUNNING MATE
Mayor Erin Stewart (R-New Britain) announced First Selectman Peter J. Tesei (R-Greenwich) will be her running mate. Read Reclaim Connecticut’s write-up here.
Ned Lamont earned the endorsement of Jonathan Harris, who excited the Democratic gubernatorial race last week. Is Lamont fast consolidating support on the Democratic side?
DON’T SLEEP ON THE DOWN BALLOT
Republican state treasurer candidate Thad Gray announced 22 new endorsements (153 total), led by the Norwich RTC, Mayor Peter Albert Nystrom (R-Norwich), three Republican state central committee members, and four RTC chairman (from Norwich, Stamford, Coventry, and New Haven).
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