- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Hartford’s mayor is dropping his bid for re-election following his defeat last week in the Democratic primary.

Mayor Pedro Segarra said at a news conference Tuesday that he is throwing his support behind Luke Bronin.

Segarra lost the primary last week to Bronin, a lawyer and former aide to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy who is making his first run for elected office. Bronin, the party-endorsed candidate, won about 55 percent of the vote compared to 45 percent for Segarra.

During the campaign Bronin said the city was suffering from poor leadership and criticized the mayor over a rash of homicides.

Segarra led the City Council before becoming mayor in 2010 upon the resignation of Mayor Eddie Perez, who was charged in a corruption case. Segarra won election in 2011.

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