HARTFORD - (AP) - Former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy defeated businessman Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary forConnecticut governor, overcoming a better-known and better-fundedopponent in the final weeks of the campaign.

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Malloy on Tuesday narrowly bested Lamont after a campaign thatturned negative, with the candidates trading accusations about eachother's records.

For Malloy, the primary victory was a redemption of sorts forhis loss in the 2006 Democratic gubernatorial primary against NewHaven Mayor John DeStefano. This time, Malloy said it was easier todifferentiate himself from Lamont, a Greenwich businessman bestknown for challenging Sen. Joe Lieberman in 2006.

Malloy will face Republican candidate Tom Foley in November.

Lamont spent more than $8.6 million in the losing effort.

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