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2016 State & Local Elections

Newly elected state Rep. Joe de la Cruz resigns from Groton Town Council

The Groton Democratic Town Committee is expected to nominate former Town Councilor Rich Moravsik to fill the seat.

Three of the state's congressional delegates say they will give Trump chance to present agenda

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, react to Trump's victory.

Waterford's Kathleen McCarty wins second term in 38th House District

Waterford and Montville voters chose retired teacher and school board member Kathleen McCarty to represent the 38th House District for a second time Tuesday.

Live updates: With polls closed, the counting begins

Machine Tender Shelton Rawls hands out stickers to voters at Precinct 4 at Stanton School in Norwich Tuesday morning, November 8, 2016. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Click the link to see live Election Day updates from polling places around the region.

Conley defeats Scott in 40th District

Democratic challenger Christine Conley ousted Republican incumbent John Scott Tuesday to win the 40th House District seat.

Somers knocks off Bowles in 18th District Senate race

Republican candidate for the 18th district state senate Heather Somers, left, and her supporters including Stonington First Selectman Rob Simmons, bottom, and former 18th district Senator Cathy Cook, center right, celebrate Somer's victory over Timothy Bowles as election results are announced at The Spot in Groton on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.    (Tim Cook/The Day)

With the win, Somers, 50, returned the sprawling eight-town district that stretches from the shoreline north to Plainfield to the GOP column, replacing five-term Democrat Andrew Maynard, who didn't...

Democrat Soto defeats two challengers for seat in 39th House District

Chris Soto, center, is congratulated by Mayor Michael Passero, left, and Kevin Cavanagh, right,  of the New London Democratic Town Committee after they announced at the New London Democratic headquarters that he won the State Representative District 39 election Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.    (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Democrat Chris Soto breezed past two challengers Tuesday to secure a seat in the 39th House District and the city's first new representative in 12 years.

Election Day in southeastern Connecticut: 'So far, so good'

Voters line the main hallway as they wait to cast their ballots at Precinct 4 at Stanton School in Norwich Tuesday morning, November 8, 2016. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

More than six hours into Election Day, voting in southeastern Connecticut has gone off without a hitch — mostly, at least.

Five-term incumbent Rep. Courtney declares victory in 2nd Congressional District

Congressman Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) listens to the applause from the stage after claiming victory in the 2nd Congressional District race Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in Norwich. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, Courtney's staff said he had secured about 64 percent of the vote with results still coming in for the district, which encompasses 64 towns and covers much of the eastern...

De la Cruz ousts Bumgardner in District 41

Democratic legislative candidates Joe de la Cruz, left, and Christine Conley embrace as results come in at the Groton Democratic headquarters on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Democratic challenger Joseph de la Cruz on Tuesday ousted Republican incumbent Aundré Bumgardner from his state representative seat in the 41st House District.

Voters return Formica in 20th Senate District

Paul Formica, center, state Senator representing the 20th District, reacts to the polling results with supporters at the Flanders Fish Market in East Lyme, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Formica's daughter Olivia Formica, right, 25, of East Lyme, and Salem selectman Ed Chmielewski, left, celebrate. (Tim Martin/The Day)

The district comprises Bozrah, East Lyme, part of Montville, New London, Old Lyme, part of Old Saybrook, Salem and Waterford.

Urban defeats Mullane to gain ninth term

Rep. Diana Urban, center, Democrat representing the 43rd House District, speaks Tuesday with her campaign coordinator, Ally Bond, and Byron Stillman, fire inspector/assistant Pawcatuck Fire Department chief, outside the firehouse, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Tim Martin/The Day)

In most of her eight previous campaigns, Democratic incumbent Diana Urban of North Stonington had little, and sometimes no, opposition in her relection bids for the 43rd District state representative...

Cheeseman takes 37th state House District seat

Republican candidate Holly Cheeseman, running for the 37th District state House seat, talks with East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson outside the polling station at East Lyme High School on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Cheeseman won the seat, with 7,152 votes to Democratic challenger Beth Hogan's 5,733.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Republican Holly Cheeseman was elected Tuesday to represent the 37th House District, defeating Democrat Beth Hogan for the seat held by Ed Jutila for the past 12 years.

Riley wins re-election in 46th House District

Two-term Democrat Emmett Riley won re-election in a three-way race for the 46th House District seat that covers the urban and southern sections of Norwich.

Mike France wins second term in 42nd House District

Republican Mike France coasted to an easy victory Tuesday evening, returning to his seat in the 42nd House District.

Osten easily beats Crouch in 19th District

State Sen. Cathy Osten, running to keep her 19th District seat, and Naomi Rodriguez, a Democtratic Town Committee member, wave as people arrive at the polling station in the Ledyard Center School on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.    (Dana Jensen/The Day)

State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, held off Republican challenger Barbara Crouch Tuesday in the 19th District to gain her third term in the General Assembly.

Linares defeats Democratic challenger in 33rd state Senate District

Republican incumbent state Sen. Art Linares is ahead by nearly 5,000 votes, with three towns not yet reporting, in the race for the 33rd Senate District seat representing 12 lower Connecticut River...

Voters finally get their say in tumultuous 2016 election

In southeastern Connecticut, where the polls are open until 8 p.m., citizens will have their say on who should fill four state Senate and 11 House seats, as well as one slot in the U.S. Senate and...

Where to vote on Election Day

Polling places across the region.

Loss of full-time nurse at St. Joseph School riles school board member

A school board member and a candidate in the local state representative race joined Tuesday to condemn a school board decision that barred additional spending to support a full-time school nurse at...

Cheeseman campaign announces endorsements

Holly Cheeseman, a Republican candidate for the 37th state House District representing East Lyme and Salem, has announced that she has been endorsed by the Connecticut Business and Industry...

Bowles defends his war-era status in battle with Somers over campaign funding

The issue of Vietnam was first raised by the author of a letter to the editor in September. When asked by The Day about it, Bowles said in 1968 he received a college deferment after he had registered...

State GOP chairman files complaint in Bowles/Somers Senate race

The latest quarrel between the two candidates in the election to fill the seat being vacated by Democrat Andrew Maynard revolves around an oversized flier sent out by Bowles last week that features...

At 16, Montville 'political junkie' learns the ropes, waits for chance to vote

Manny Espinoza, a campaign worker for petitioning state Representative candidate Andrew Lockwood, passes out flyers prior to a debate Oct. 12 at the New London Senior Center. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Manny Espinosa was born in New London and lives in Montville with his mother, who he said works in retail and raised him and his sister “paycheck to paycheck.” He attends a private...

Lockwood gains 2nd District Republican candidate endorsement

Daria Novak, the party-endorsed Republican seeking election in the 2nd District congressional race, has endorsed Andrew Lockwood in his bid for a seat in the 39th state House District.

All town registrars offices will be open Nov. 1 for voter registration

Nov. 1 is the last day to register in advance of the Nov. 8 election.

Urban, Mullane face off in lunchtime debate

Candidates for the Connecticut House of Representatives 43rd District seat, incumbent Democrat Rep. Diana Urban, left, and Republican challenger Nicholas Mullane, take questions during The Day's Lunch with the Candidates debate at The Day's offices in New London on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.   (Tim Cook/The Day)

Democratic incumbent state Rep. Diana Urban and her Republican opponent, Nick Mullane, both of North Stonington, discussed issues, ranging from their support for a third casino in the state to which...

Too much public money sloshing in election

The publicly financed campaigns for state Senate often cost more than the jobs pay.

Urban, Mullane face off for 43rd District house seat

State Rep. Diana Urban and North Stonington Selectman Nicholas Mullane are shown in these Day file photos.

The race for state representatives from the 43rd District is a contest between two well-known North Stonington residents, eight-time Democratic incumbent Diana Urban and Republican Nick Mullane, who...

Economy, state budget key issues in 40th District race

Candidates for the 40th District state House seat, Democrat Christine Conley and Republican John Scott shake hands at the conclusion of The Day's Lunch with the candidates forum at The Day's offices in New London on Sept. 13, 2016.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

Both candidates for the 40th District state House seat say the economy and state budget are central issues in the race, but they have different approaches on how to deal with those issues.

2nd District candidates to debate Tuesday in New London

The four candidates for U.S. Congress from eastern Connecticut’s 2nd District will debate on Tuesday at Palmer Auditorium on the campus of Connecticut College. Presented by The Day, the debate...

38th District race includes two veteran public servants, newcomer offering third-party option

Green Party Candidate for the state House of Representatives 38th District seat Lauren Shaw, right, talks about how a vote for a third-party candidate is not a wasted vote, as Shaw is joined by fellow candidates Democrat Sharon Palmer, left, and incumbent Republican Kathleen McCarty, center, in taking questions during The Day's Lunch with the Candidates forum at The Day's office in New London on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

The race for the 38th House District has brought together two longtime civil servants and a political newcomer who says she is in the race to offer a third option for those dissatisfied with the...

New London Landmarks to host candidate debate

New London Landmarks will host and live-stream a candidate forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Public Library of New London.

Montville, Waterford candidates to debate on Sunday

Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh, founder of American Liberty Center and radio host of the Lori on Liberty Show, will host a live, two-hour debate for Connecticut's 37th and 38th District House seats from 1 to...

Bet on new Connecticut taxes

Candidates for the General Assembly have not suggested many meaningful solutions to the state's budget crisis this election season.

Three-way race in 46th state House District focuses on state spending

In this Oct. 4, 2016 Day file photo, candidates for the Connecticut 46th District House seat Republican challenger Rob Dempsky, center, and petitioning candidate Bonnie Hong, challenge each other's positions on raising the minimum wage as Democratic incumbent Emmett Riley, left, listens during the Lunch with the Candidates forum on in New London.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

State budget issues and jobs have dominated the campaign in the three-way race for the 46th District state House seat that pits two-term incumbent Democrat Emmett Riley against his 2014 Republican...

Bowles, Somers continue to clash in contest for state Senate seat

Democrat Timothy Bowles ramped up his attack on Republican Heather Somers in the contest for the 18th District state Senate seat this week, releasing a 14-year-old document that he alleges "raises...

In race for 13th term, Ryan faces challenge from Navy vet who says 12 terms is enough

In this Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, Day file photo, candidates for the Connecticut House of Representatives 139th District seat, Incumbent Democrat Kevin Ryan, left, and Republican challenger Joseph Mark C. Taraya shake hands after taking questions during The Day's Lunch with the Candidates forum at The Day's office in New London. (Tim Cook/The Day)

Kevin Ryan first ran for the 139th District seat in 1992, when he was the chairman of the Montville Board of Education. Taraya has never run for office before but says he wants to keep serving after...

Needleman endorsed for state senate by two women's health organzations

Two women’s health groups have endorsed Democrat Norm Needleman of Essex for the 33rd District state Senate seat, Needleman’s campaign announced Wednesday.

41st District candidates differ on Groton school proposal, state budget

Candidates for the 41st District state House seat, incumbent Republican Aundre Bumgardner, left, and Democratic challenger Joe de la Cruz, take questions as part of The Day's Lunch with the Candidates forum at The Day's office in New London on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

Republican incumbent Aundre Bumgardner and Democratic challenger Joseph de la Cruz met at The Day on Tuesday to debate prominent issues.


Hillary Clinton, Martyr of the Year

Despite entering Election Day with her torso covered in arrows, Clinton won 2.7 million more popular votes than Trump. And she still loses.

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