July 9, 2020

Democrats carry Chester and Deep River in state races, Republican Foley carries Essex

CHESTER-DEEP RIVER-ESSEX—  The Democratic governor/lt. governor ticket of Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman carried Chester and Deep River in Tuesday’s election, but the Republican ticket of  Tom Foley and Mark Boughton led in Essex.

Foley/Boughton took Essex on a vote of 1,675 to 1,534 for Malloy/Wyman, with Connecticut Independent Party nominee Tom Marsh, the Chester first selectman, receiving 87 votes. But Democrats led for all other statewide offices in Essex, including U.S. Senate, where the vote was 1,866 for Democrat Richard Blumenthal to 1,388 for Republican Linda McMahon.

The Democratic candidates for comptroller, secretary of the state, treasurer and attorney general also carried Essex. The vote for U.S. Congress for the 2nd District was 1,902 for incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney to 605 for Republican Janet Peckinpaugh, a former television news anchorwoman who now lives in Essex.

Malloy/Wyman won Deep River on a vote of 961 to 902 for Foley/Boughton with 107 votes for Marsh. The vote in Deep River was 1,153 for Democrat Blumenthal to 794 for McMahon. Courtney led Peckinpaugh on a vote of 1,194 to 762. Democrats led for the four statewide offices.

Malloy/Wyman won Chester on a vote of 794 to 617 for Foley/Boughton. Marsh, who was elected first selectman as a Republican in 2005, received 261 votes in his hometown for one of his stronger showings in the state. Blumenthal led McMahon 1,037 to 585, with Courtney outpolling Peckinpaugh 1,081 to 593. Democrats led in Chester for the other four statewide offices.

In local races, incumbent Democratic State Senator Eileen Daily of Westbrook led Republican Neil Nichols of Essex in all three towns on her way to winning a tenth term in the 12-town 33rd Senate District. Daily had about 54 percent of the total vote.

Democrat Terrance Lomme of Essex led Republican Anselmo Delia of Clinton in all three towns on his way to winning election as the judge of probate for the new nine town regional probate district. Lomme had 50.8 percent of the total vote.

Democratic State Rep. James Spallone, a Deep River native now living in Essex, carried all three towns over Republican Chester Harris of Haddam to win a sixth term representing the 36 House District. The total vote, including Haddam, was 6,055 for Spallone to 4,251 for Harris, a 59 percent to 41 percent split.