SHU hosts Democratic gubernatorial debate

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Two Democrats hoping to be the next governor of Connecticut squared off in a debate Thursday afternoon at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

Greenwich millionaire Ned Lamont is facing a challenge from Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.

Both candidates rejected Gov. Dannel Malloy's controversial $10 million study on highway tolls in the state.

Lamont gave a lukewarm endorsement for an MGM casino proposed for Bridgeport, of which Ganim has been in favor. The project could jeopardize $200 million in slot revenues from Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos.

Republicans on Thursday launched an effort to stop the aforementioned toll study and are trying to force a special session of the Legislature. So far, 66 lawmakers have signed on to the effort. They need 29 more to agree.

Sacred Heart University hosted a debate with the five Republican candidates on Tuesday.

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