- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - There will not be a statewide recount in the close three-way Republican primary for lieutenant governor, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced Wednesday.

The margin between Groton Town Council member Heather Somers and state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi was 771 votes, less than the 1,000 threshold for an automatic recount. But it’s greater than the 393-vote margin of 0.5 percent of the total votes cast, Merrill said.

Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker trailed in third place.

Based on unofficial results of Tuesday’s primary, The Associated Press declared Somers the winner on Wednesday.

Somers said she and the GOP’s candidate for governor, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, will “bring an outsider’s approach to transforming Connecticut and reopening the state for business.”

“Now we have 12 weeks to turn our state around by electing Tom Foley as the next governor of Connecticut,” said Somers, the former mayor of Groton Town and the former owner of a biotech company, in an email to supporters.

While lieutenant governor candidates run separately in primaries, the winner runs as part of a two-person ticket with the gubernatorial candidate.

Bacchiochi, the party’s endorsed candidate, conceded the race on Wednesday and vowed to help the ticket led by Foley build support in its challenge to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The lieutenant governor race was hotly contested, stoked by claims of racism and personal attacks.

According to Merrill’s office, 78,421 registered Republicans voted in the lieutenant governor primary. Somers received 27,083 votes, Bacchiochi received 26,312 and Walker received 25,026.

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