Lamont, Stefanowski win nominations for governor’s race

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One of the most surprising primary elections in recent history is over.

The Democratic primary for governor was called in just about a half hour Tuesday.

Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont won in a landslide with more than 80 percent of the vote, though Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim's campaign was hoping that race would have been much closer.

Lamont the democratic primary to Gov. Malloy eight years ago.

He said while Tuesday night was a time to celebrate, today the fight to turn Connecticut around starts up again.

He took a jab at all of the Republican candidates, calling them “Trump Republicans.” He said if elected governor, he'll fight for Connecticut values, not Trump values. However, he did say he can't blame Washington for the state's fiscal crisis.

He vowed to balance the state budget, reduce the property tax and increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

"We're going to be working together, we get together tomorrow, our party is united, we're focused, and we know what we have to do. We're going forward and we're going to win," says Lamont.

Lamont will take on Republican and political newcomer Bob Stefanowski.

The third time was not the charm for Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who won the party's endorsement at the convention in May. He'd been the favorite going into Tuesday’s election.

At the polls Tuesday, a very optimistic Stefanowski said he'd been gaining a lot of momentum. He's a former CFO for UBS and also served as district CEO for General Electric. He ran his campaign on phasing out both corporate and state income taxes.

"I think it's fair to say this campaign has been underestimated from the start. I don't think anybody really thought we'd be standing up here, right now winning this election," said Stefanowski.

Stefanowski thanked his Republican supporters and even those that voted for another Republican.

He said he looks forward to coming together with everyone in the party to win the governor seat in the fall.

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