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State Rep. Betsy Ritter and Bill Satti have spent much of the day visiting polling places throughout the 20th state Senate District, just as they campaigned door-to-door during their Democratic primary campaigns.
They plan to await tonight’s outcome at their respective headquarters, Ritter’s in a Jordan Brook Shopping Center storefront on Boston Post Road in her hometown of Waterford and Satti’s at 215 Bank St. in downtown New London.
As of 6 p.m., at least 824 of 6,154, or roughly 13 percent, of registered Democrats had voted in the towns of East Lyme, Old Lyme, Salem, Bozrah and Old Saybrook, according to preliminary numbers from registrars in those towns.
Only parts of Old Saybrook lie in the 20th district. The district also includes Waterford, New London and parts of Montville. The offices of the Montville and Waterford registrars said that they were not disaggregating Democratic and Republican voter turnout numbers, while the registrars’ office in New London declined to state voter turnout numbers.
In a well-attended debate a week ago, Ritter touted her experience as a legislator and coalition builder during five terms in the state House while Satti said he has the financial acumen to tackle the state’s deficit.
Satti, New London’s Democratic town chairman, served on the Board of Education and, during the 1990s, the City Council. He is the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe’s director of public affairs.
Ritter was visiting Oswegatchie Elementary School, one of Waterford’s four polling places, at around 4 p.m. Her husband, Grant, at that time said that the representative had visited 12 polling locations in the 20th district, leaving three or four locations on her list.
“I want to spend as much time outside at polling places that I can,” said Ritter.
Her strategy leading up to today’s primary voting has been to go door to door in neighborhoods throughout the district, with an emphasis on neighborhoods outside of the 38th district, which she has represented in the state House of Representatives for the past 10 years.