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New Survey Shows Leaders in GOP Races for LG, Treasurer, AG, Comptroller

August 6, 2018 By Staff
New Survey Shows Leaders in GOP Races for LG, Treasurer, AG, Comptroller

Tremont found Mark Boughton ahead in the gubernatorial primary, in results released last month. They released new survey results Monday.

Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), Mayor Erin Stewart (R-New Britain), State Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook), attorney Sue Hatfield, and businessman Mark Greenberg.

That would be the GOP ticket for the fall if the election were held today, according to a new poll released by Tremont Public Advisors on Monday.

The survey shows the first public results in the primaries for downballot races so far in the 2018 election cycle.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • Lieutenant governor: Stewart (42 percent) leads party-endorsed State Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington; 31 percent), and First Selectman Jayme Stevenson (R-Darien; 21 percent)
  • Treasurer: Linares (53 percent) leads party-endorsed candidate and investment manager Thad Gray (46 percent)
  • Attorney general: Party-endorsed Hatfield (59 percent) leads John Shaban (39 percent)
  • Comptroller: Greenberg (55 percent) leads party-endorsed First Selectman Kurt Miller (45 percent)

Tremont found Boughton leading his next opponent, businessman Bob Stefanowski, by 14, in a poll released last month.

If the results shake out this way, there would be three upsets of candidates endorsed at the state’s May 2018 convention. Stewart and Linares have statewide profiles, which may explain their slight leads. Greenberg has been on congressional ballots in three election cycles, which may explain his lead on Miller.

All the elections are close, though, and anything could shake out in the final week.

The GOP primary is August 14.

NOTE: A Reclaim Connecticut reader pointed out that the Tremont poll was paid for by Cooper Communications, LLC. Mark Greenberg’s campaign for comptroller has paid Cooper Communications, LLC nearly $12,000 since September 2017, for consulting services.