Connecticut 8/14 Primary: At a Glance


You may think Connecticut is really blue, but their state legislature is a hair’s breath away from Republican control. Here’s the 411 on Connecticut’s primary.

Connecticut has its statewide primary election on Tuesday, August 14. If you’re a voter in Connecticut, all the resources you need to vote are listed here; if you’re not in the state, consider sharing this post with friends or on social media to increase awareness and turnout!

Connecticut Voter Resources
Register to vote by: August 9
Confirm your voter registration:
Info for overseas/military voters here
Find your polling place here
Check ID requirements here
Early voting available: No
Absentee voting info here

Connecticut Politics: A Snapshot
• 1 Senator is up for re-election in 2018
• All 5 House Representatives are up for re-election
• Voted +14 for Clinton in 2016
• Current partisan breakdown of the state legislature:
>>> Governor (D)
>>> State Senate 18 (D) – 18 (R)  *Democrats have the tie-breaker
>>> State House 79 (D) – 72 (R)

Key Races

The sitting governor, Dan Malloy (D), is not seeking re-election. The Democratic candidates are:

Joe Ganim – website
Ned Lamont – website

All 5 of the U.S. House Reps are currently Democrats. All 5 are running unopposed in the primary. You can find a list of all the candidates (for every party) running in the primary here.

Senator Chris Murphy is running for re-election. He is running opposed. Murphy’s seat must be held by the Democrats if there is any chance of flipping the Senate.

Chris Murphy – website

All 36 seats in the Senate are up for re-election this year. The Senate is tied 18-18 but the Democrats have control thanks to a Democratic Lieutenant Governor. If the Republicans gain just one seat, they’ll have control of the Senate. A list of the districts with re-elections and the candidates running for those seats can be found here.

All 151 seats in the House are up for re-election this year. If the Republicans gain 4 seats, they’ll gain control of the House. A list of the candidates running for the House can be found here.

NOTE: If you’re unsure which state district you’re in, type in your address at Open States to get that info.

A Final Note
For a more complete list of state races in the primary, visit Ballotpedia: Connecticut Elections 2018You can enter your address at 411Vote to see a sample ballot. To learn about events featuring candidates running for office, connect with your local chapter of the Connecticut Democrats.

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