- - Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The last time a Republican won a gubernatorial race in Connecticut was 2002. The winner was a woman named Jodi Rell, and she was the first female governor from the Republican Party to win that state, as well as the second female governor in Connecticut’s history.

I strongly believe African-American Candace Owens can make even more history in Connecticut by winning the governorship there in her home state. Ms. Owens already has a national following and well-known public image and would likely be the favorite to win. The only governor to receive over 700,000 votes was Jodi Rell. Democrats won by 6,404 votes in 2010, 28,010 votes in 2014 and 44,372 votes in 2018. This shows that the Democrats have been increasing their votes in Connecticut, but their margin of victory is under 3.3% — which means the governorship is winnable for a very popular candidate like Ms. Owens. The 31-year-old could well become the first African-American female governor of any state in America.

The Republicans are in the driver’s seat for the 2022 midterm elections, so no one should be surprised if Ms. Owens wins Connecticut (if she’s interested in running).

The 2018 gubernatorial race saw the second- and third-largest number of votes for candidates in the seat’s history. The winner, Ned Lamont, received 694,510 votes; his opponent, Bob Stefanowski, got 650,138 votes. In 2022, Candace Owens will likely break Jodi Rell’s record of 710,048 votes.

TEDDYLEE GRAY



St. Ann, Jamaica

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