- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Latest on Connecticut’s primary election (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

All four state Democratic lawmakers representing Bridgeport, Connecticut’s most populous city, have survived their intra-party challenges.

Sens. Ed Gomes and Marilyn Moore and Reps. Andre Baker Jr. and Charlie Stallworth won their respective primaries on Tuesday. Baker won his race by the largest margin, garnering 69 percent of the 932 votes, according to preliminary results.

The four lawmakers are among 10 incumbent members of the General Assembly who faced primaries.

While most of the incumbents won the right to appear on the November general election ballot, longtime New London Rep. Ernest Hewett lost his Democratic primary to newcomer Chris Soto. And early results show veteran West Haven Rep. Louis Esposito Jr. losing to Democratic challenger Michael DiMassa, a revenue clerk in West Haven’s tax collector’s office.


9:30 p.m.

Veteran New London state Rep. Ernest Hewett has lost the Democratic primary to a political newcomer.

Hewett, who has served in the Connecticut House of Representatives since 2005, was defeated Tuesday by Chris Soto, a U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduate and founder of a nonprofit group called Higher Edge. The organization helps guide low-income and first-generation college students.

Preliminary results show Soto won with 66 percent of the 1,507 votes cast.

Hewett had narrowly won his local town committee’s endorsement over Soto earlier this year.

A former welder at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Hewett previously served as mayor and deputy mayor of New London.

Hewett is also known for apologizing in 2013 for remarks he made to a teenage girl during a legislative hearing that were construed as lewd.


8:45 p.m.

The two incumbent Republican Connecticut legislators who faced intra-party challenges are moving on to the general election.

Both state Reps. Jason Perillo of Shelton and Jay Case of Winsted won their respective primaries on Tuesday. They’re among 10 incumbent state legislators facing challenges from fellow party members. There are a total of 12 legislative primaries and four primaries for judges of probate and registrar of voters scattered throughout the state.

There are four primaries for Bridgeport legislative seats.

In Stamford, first-term Democratic Rep. Terry Adams has fended off fellow Democrat Dan Dauplaise to advance to the general election.

Newcomer Laura Bartok, a social worker and former legislative staffer, has defeated fellow Democrat Christy Matthews in Bristol in the 77th Assembly District primary.

Voter turnout throughout the day has been very light.


8 p.m.

Elections workers in 15 Connecticut cities and towns are counting the votes for mostly legislative candidates running in the state’s primary.

Polls closed Tuesday at 8 p.m. following a day of very light voter turnout. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart tweeted how turnout in her city of New Britain was only 16 percent as of 6 p.m.

In New Britain, Democratic state Sen. Terry Gerratana is being challenged by the city’s school board chairwoman, Sharon Beloin-Saavedra. There is also a primary in New Britain for registrar of voters.

In total, there are 12 primaries for state legislative seats, two for registrars of voters and two for judges of probate. This marks the first time in recent memory that there hasn’t been a statewide primary, such as for U.S. Senate.


4:15 p.m.

The Secretary of the State’s Office says early voter turnout is very light for Connecticut’s primary.

A spokesman for Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said the average turnout at midday on Tuesday was a little more than 5 percent.

The spokesman said the figures were “very preliminary.” They were compiled between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. in 15 cities and towns across the state.

Turnout is expected to be low considering there is no statewide primary this year. Instead, there are a dozen primaries for state legislative seats, judges of probate and registrars of voters.

Only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote in the primary. Voters can check their registration status and locate their polling places at www.myvote.ct.gov .


1 a.m.

This year marks the first time in recent memory there will be no statewide primary in Connecticut.

With only a dozen legislative intra-party contests and four registrars of voters and judge of probate races scattered across Connecticut, turnout for Tuesday’s primary is expected to be very light.

The most recent string of election seasons have been marked by active primary battles for U.S. Senate to governor. In 2014, there was a two-way Republican primary for governor and a three-way GOP primary for lieutenant governor. In 2012, there were both Democratic and Republican primaries for U.S. Senate.

Republican Senate candidate August Wolf failed this year to collect enough signatures to petition his way onto the primary ballot.

Of the dozen legislative primaries, 10 involve incumbents being challenged. Bridgeport has four primaries.

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