- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State delegates returning from the Republican National Convention said Friday they believe GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s convention message will resonate with Connecticut voters in November.

Convention delegate and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, said the billionaire businessman successfully made it clear that his positions on issues won’t always jive with the national party platform. She said those moderate positions are more in line with Connecticut Republicans, who are typically less conservative than other parts of the country.

“I think he set the tone of a statesman at times, which is where he should be going now,” Klarides said. “He also made it clear that he will not tolerate people being treated differently and will only tolerate fairness for all, which I loudly applauded.”

Connecticut GOP Chairman JR Romano, also a convention delegate, agreed.

“He eloquently put forth his agenda. He delivered the speech that he needed to deliver,” said Romano, adding how the Connecticut delegation “walked out of that arena after Donald Trump’s speech and was elated.”

Romano predicted Trump can win Connecticut in the general election, especially with his message of wanting people to be proud of the U.S. again. He said that resonates with Connecticut voters, many of whom are unhappy with the state’s economy and jobs picture.

A June 8 Quinnipiac University poll showed only three percent of the state’s registered voters are “very satisfied” with the way things are going in the state, while 25 percent are “somewhat satisfied.” Another 33 percent said they were “somewhat dissatisfied” and 39 percent said they are “very dissatisfied.”

That same survey of 1,330 voters also found Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s support in the state edging out Trump’s by 45 percent to 38 percent margin. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

The Connecticut Democratic Party has criticized members of the state’s GOP convention delegation for supporting the party’s platform, which the Democrats described as regressive and discriminatory.

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