National hopes for GOP dim as McMahon. others fall to defeat, but Greenwich Republicans dominate

It was another big night for Greenwich Republicans, but nationwide, the Republican party’s hopes of making President Barack Obama a one-term president disappeared as key swing states Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin all went to the president.

Republican hopes of taking control of the U.S. Senate were also dashed as Greenwich resident Linda McMahon was one of several Republican senate candidates who went down to defeat. Ms. McMahon lost a Senate run for the second time in four years, falling to U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy.

“You have been there and I love each and every one of you,” Ms. McMahon told her supporters. “From the bottom of my heart I thank all of you. So there is no way I can individually thank everyone, from the folks on this stage to family, friends, and relatives. I have had great supporters all through the campaign. I would really rather of won, but we gave it an incredibly good fight.”

 

It was quite a different scene at Murphy headquarters where the future senator told his cheering supporters that, “Tonight we proved that what matters most in life is the measure of your ideas, the measure of your determination, the measure of your friends, not the measure of your wallet.”

Mr. Murphy congratulated Ms. McMahon on a “hard fought race” and said that that he was “proud to stand here as your United States Senator.” He once again cited his mother growing up in public housing in New Britain and how she believed that if she worked hard and played by the rules her community would “hand her a toolbox of opportunity so that she could not just succeed, but become great.”

Mr. Murphy was not the only Connecticut Democrat who had a good night on Tuesday as the entire delegation remained blue. This includes a third term for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4), who defeated Republican Steve Obsitnik.

Mr. Himes said he heard from the people throughout the campaign that the Congress needed to work more on the economic recovery and provide opportunity to provide opportunity “to each and every person in this district and each and every person in this country.”

“The greatest nation in the world needs to be able to educate each child superbly,” Mr. Himes said. “The greatest nation in the world can afford to make sure that not a single American dies or gets ill without access to health care. And we can balance these things because we always have. It is part of the 240 year history of our nation that we celebrate individuals but also never forget that you got there because, like my opponent Mr. Obsitnik and myself, you got to go to good public schools and because our businesses were built on highways and railways and a court system and the things that allow us to succed.”

Despite these losses, Greenwich Republicans still had a lot of reasons to cheer as they once again easily swept the state legislature races. State Reps. Livvy Floren (R-149) and Fred Camillo (R-151) and State Sen. L. Scott Frantz all cruised to victories and first time candidate Steve Walko won election to the 150st district seat being vacated by the retiring State Rep. Lile Gibbons.

“What a great night for Greenwich, Connecticut,” Mr. Frantz said, adding he was honored to be in such a “great delegation.”

Mr. Walko summed up for the delegation he will soon be a part of, by saying, “If you forget where you came from you lose part of your self. And so this election was also about who we are and where we came from.”

There will be full coverage in the Nov. 8 edition of the Post.

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