- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Former state senator and convicted felon Ernest Newton II is not returning to the Connecticut General Assembly.

The Bridgeport Democrat lost Tuesday’s primary to Bridgeport Board of Education member Andre Baker. Newton was the party’s endorsed candidate for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Newton left the state Senate after pleading guilty in 2005 to federal extortion and campaign-finance felonies. He served a five-year prison sentence.

In 2012, Newton first attempted a political comeback, running for his old state Senate seat. But he lost in a three-way primary to then-Rep. Andres Ayala Jr.

Newton pleaded not guilty in 2013 to state charges alleging he filed false documentation to obtain more than $80,000 in public campaign funds for his failed state Senate run. He has denied the charges.

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