Turnout steady in House District 23 primary

As Devin Carney of Old Saybrook and Vicki Lanier of Old Lyme face off in today's Republican primary for the 23rd House, Republican turnout has been steady so far in Old Lyme and Lyme.

The 23rd House District encompasses Old Lyme, Lyme, Old Saybrook and part of Westbrook.

The winner of today's primary will run against Democrat Mary Stone in the general election for the seat held for 12 years by Republican Marilyn Giuliano. Giuliano is retiring from the seat after the current term.

In Lyme, 119 of the about 525 registered Republicans in Lyme had cast a vote, as of 2 p.m. That's a turnout of about 23 percent.

"We'd like to see 200" by the time the polls close, said Lyme moderator Anne Clement.

In Old Lyme, Republican turnout was strong, according to moderator Kurt Zemba. As of 3 p.m., 400 of the town's 1,572 Republicans had cast a vote, a turnout just above 25 percent.

Campaigns for both Lanier and Carney were outside the Cross Lane Firehouse in Old Lyme this afternoon.

Both candidates are visiting the four towns in the district today.

Carney began at 6 a.m. in Old Saybrook and has been "going ever since then," said his campaign's Deputy Treasurer Lisa Knepshield this afternoon near the Cross Lane Firehouse.

"I'm excited," said Lanier, also near the firehouse this afternoon. "I just hope the turnout holds."

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