Foley wins primary, will face off against Malloy

After Tuesday’s primary election, the ballot for November is set and its a familiar one as once again Greenwich resident Tom Foley will face off with Dannel Malloy for governor.

In a primary election that had low turnout throughout the state, Mr. Foley, the former U.S. ambassador to Ireland, defeated State. Sen. John McKinney in the Republican primary for governor. With 93% of the results in on Tuesday night, Mr. Foley had it locked down by a 56% to 44% over Mr. McKinney.

Mr. Foley, who had received the state party’s endorsement at the May Republican convention, had been confident in the days leading up to the primary, predicting he would win by a “comfortable” margin and the numbers backed that confidence up. This sets up a rematch of the 2010 gubernatorial race in Connecticut which Mr. Malloy narrowly won.

However this time Mr. Malloy will be coming in as the incumbent with both the advantages and disadvantages that come with that. While some Internet-based polls have shown Mr. Foley with a big lead in the matchup with Mr. Malloy, most polling has found this race to be even closer than it was in 2010. Mr. Foley is seen as having the narrow edge right now as the Republican challenger to the incumbent Democratic governor.

In a victory speech surrounded by cheering supporters, including Greenwich Selectman David Theis, Mr. Foley thanked everyone for their “strong endorsement” for new policies and to restore “pride and prosperity” to Connecticut. Mr. Foley painted himself as an outsider coming in to bring change to Connecticut and “end the stranglehold of tax and spend policies on the state.”

“Change is on the way,” Mr. Foley said. “Change is coming to Connecticut. Dan Malloy has had his chance and change is coming.”

He added, “Many people feel that Connecticut’s future is at stake in this election and I am one of them. We will either have four more years of Dan Malloy’s policies and ever higher taxes and a rising cost of living or we will head in a different direction.”

At a far more downcast headquarters, Mr. McKinney said he was fully committed to supporting Mr. Foley and that he told the primary winner that he would do “anything he asked” in the coming campaign.

“The race does not end tonight,” Mr. McKinney said in his concession speech on Tuesday. “The goal was to elect a new governor. The goal was to make Dan Malloy a one-term governor. That goal was to put a fiscally responsible Republican in the governor’s seat. That goal is still ahead of us.”

A longtime resident of Greenwich, Mr. Foley unsurprisingly dominated in town. He won Greenwich by a 63% to 37% margin, capturing 1,217 votes to Mr. McKinney’s 715. Mr. Foley won every district in town with the only close race being District 3 where Mr. Foley won by only one vote, a 15 to 14 margin that showed just how low turnout was in some parts of the state. Mr. Foley’s biggest margins were in District 7 where he won 137 to 41 and District 11 where he won 151 to 74. Overall, Greenwich had a 15.99% turnout amongst registered Republicans where 1,940 out of 12,134 eligible voters actually turned out to the polls.

There will be additional coverage in the Aug. 14 edition of the Post.

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