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2020 Election News

Formica, Marx disagree on minimum wage, police accountability bill in 20th Senate debate

Democrat Martha Marx and Republican Sen. Paul Formica at the 20th District State Senate debate Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at the Garde Arts Center in New London.

Three-term Republican incumbent state Senator Paul Formica and his Democratic challenger Martha Marx, debated issues such as the police accountability bill, minimum wage, marijuana, racial equality...

In debate countdown, Trump holds rally, Biden does prep

People walk outside the Curb Event Center at Belmont University as preparations take place for the second presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to debate Thursday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump is wooing Pennsylvania voters, brushing aside debate practice ahead of what may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the race in the final presidential faceoff

Candidates mull how to help arts organizations in pandemic recovery

The Connecticut Arts Alliance and partners hosted a Create the Vote forum Tuesday with candidates from the shoreline and eastern Connecticut.

2020 State Senate Debate Schedule

— The following state senate debates will be livestreamed on's home page:

Debate Date/Time Participants Notes
20th District Oct. 20; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Paul Formica (R), Martha Marx (D) 20th district towns include Bozrah, East Lyme, New London, Old Lyme, Salem, Waterford, and portions of Montville and Old Saybrook.
18th District Oct. 21; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Heather Somers (R), Bob Statchen (D) 18th district towns include Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington and Voluntown.
33rd District Oct. 22; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Norm Needleman (D), Brendan Saunders (R) 33rd district towns include Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.


Needleman secures several endorsements in run for 33rd Senate District

Democratic State Sen. Norm Needleman, D-Essex, has received endorsements from several organizations in his reelection run for the 33rd Senate District seat, most recently from NARAL Pro-Choice...

How Trump plowed through $1 billion, losing cash advantage

President Donald Trump dances after speaking at a campaign rally at Prescott Regional Airport, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump’s sprawling political operation raised well over $1 billion since he took the White House in 2017 — and set a lot of it on fire

Formica seeks fourth term as state senator from the 20th District

Republican state senator for the 20th district Paul Formica.

If re-elected, he said he hopes to use his background in customer service and ability to work with Democrats to engage in difficult conversations about the state’s budget, renewable energy,...

Marx pledges to focus on healthcare if elected to state Senate

Democratic candidate for the 20th state senate district Martha Marx.

In 2018, Marx ran for the Senate seat held by three-term incumbent Republican state Sen. Paul Formica and narrowly lost.

Republicans file complaint against Statchen over Somers-Trump mailers

Stonington Republican Town Committee chairman files election complaint against the campaign of 18th Senate District Democratic candidate Bob Statchen over campaign material linking Republican Sen.

Gauthier challenges Conley for 40th District state rep seat

Candidates for the 40th house district, state Rep. Christine Conley, D-Groton, left, and Republican challenger Lauren Gauthier, right.

Rep. Christine Conley, D-Groton, an attorney, is seeking her third term and facing a challenge from Republican candidate Lauren Gauthier, a special projects manager at an oyster farm.

Suburban women lead charge vs. Trump

Lori Goldman, talks with a voter while canvassing in Troy, Mich., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Goldman spends every day door knocking for Democrats in Oakland County, an affluent Detroit suburb. She feels responsible for the country’s future: Trump won Michigan in 2016 by 10,700 votes and that helped usher him into the White House. Goldman believes people like her -- suburban white women -- could deliver the country from another four years of chaos. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

For many suburban women, the past four years have marked a political awakening that has powered women’s marches, the #MeToo movement and the victories of record numbers of female candidates

Trump or Biden? Undecideds torn as election nears

This Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, image provided Amanda Jaronowski shows her in Cleveland, Ohio. The lifelong Republican who lives in the suburbs of Cleveland supports the president's policies and fears her business could be gutted if Democrat Joe Biden wins in November. But she abhors Donald Trump personally, leaving her on the fence. (Joy Lewis Photography via AP)

Four years ago, undecided voters’ late decisions to support Donald Trump helped push him to victory

Poll work gives young people 'a chance to make an impact in the community'

Ari Gelfond poses in his Taftville home Thursday, October 8, 2020. Gelfond, who’s grandmother is the city’s Republican Registrar of Voters Dianne Slopak, will be volunteering to work the polls this Election Day.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Ari Gelfond is a 23-year-old from Norwich whose has been working the polls since he was just 16.

Ledyard Registrars of Voters to host limited voter registration session Nov. 2

Only electors who become eligible to vote after Oct. 27 may participate in the registration session.

Fenway Park becomes voting venue amid pandemic

People wait in line for early voting to open at Fenway Park, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Voter are lining up under Boston Red Sox banners at Fenway Park for another of the nation’s pastimes — voting

Split ticket ballots: Some local voters opt against only Democrats or only Republicans

Dianne and Al Daniels, left, stand with their signs Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Norwich; she is a Democrat and he is a Republican. Tom Moriarty and Pamela Stevens, right, stand with their split-ballot campaign signs Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in Niantic.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Some are voting for Joe Biden for president and Republicans on the state level, while one voter noted he's voting for Donald Trump for president and incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat, in...

In seeking election to an eighth term, Joe Courtney faces three challengers

Three candidates are challenging seven-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, of Vernon, to represent the 2nd Congress District that covers the eastern half of Connecticut.

Salem announces final regular voter registration session

This is the last opportunity for currently eligible electors to register to vote in the November election.

Virus surges in key battleground states as election nears

In this Oct. 12, 2020, file photo, people wait in line to vote early at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. A surge in coronavirus cases is hitting key presidential battleground states a little more than two weeks before the November election. Voters in Georgia, Texas and elsewhere encountered hours-long lines that required congregating with hundreds of other people. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Rising coronavirus cases in key presidential battleground states are the latest worry for election officials and voters a little more than two weeks before Election Day

More than 22 million have already voted in 2020 election

Early voters line up to cast their ballots at the South Regional Library polling location in Durham, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

A record-setting amount of early voting has changed the 2020 election

Howard challenging incumbent Rotella in 43rd District race

Incumbent Democratic state Rep. Kate Rotella of Mystic, left, is being challenged by Republican Greg Howard of Pawcatuck, for the 43rd District House seat.

Incumbent Democratic state Rep. Kate Rotella of Mystic is being challenged by Republican Greg Howard of Pawcatuck for the 43rd District seat on Nov. 3.

Fact Check: Rhetoric from Trump, Biden in the non-debate

President Donald Trump talks with voters after an NBC News Town Hall, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden faced inquisitive voters on separate stages in different cities in a substitute for the debate that was meant to be.

Leamon, Ritacco is race for Southeastern Connecticut Probate Court judge

Democrat Elizabeth Ladwig Leamon of Stonington is running against Republican Salvatore Ritacco of Pawcatuck in the race for judge of the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Probate District.

Groton registrars to hold voter registration session on Oct. 27

The Groton Registrars of Voters will hold a voter registration session on Oct. 27.

Poll: Voters see the nation as fundamentally divided

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participates in a town hall with moderator ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The overwhelming majority of American voters believe the nation is deeply divided over its most important values, and many have doubts about the health of the democracy itself

Avalanche of early votes transforming 2020 election

In this Oct. 15, 2020, photo Tunde Ezekiel poses for a photo after voting early at State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta. A Democrat, Ezekiel said he came out to vote early to avoid Election Day lines and to ensure that his vote against President Donald Trump is counted. (AP Photo/Kate Brumback)

A record-setting amount of early voting has changed the 2020 election

Twitter changes hacked content rules after Biden story furor

This combination of photos shows logos for social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. Facebook and Twitter moved quickly this week to limit the spread of a disputed tabloid story promising new twists in the saga of Joe Biden’s relationship with Ukraine. President Donald Trump's campaign quickly seized on the story in the New York Post — but the report raised more questions than answers, including about the authenticity of an email at the center of the story. Wednesday morning Oct. 14, 2020, hours after the story's publication, a Facebook spokesman tweeted that the company was limiting its distribution on the platform.(AP Photo/File)

Twitter says it is changing its policy on hacked content after an outcry about its handling of an unverified political story that sparked cries of censorship from the right

Hebron Republican challenges Osten in 19th District

Steve Weir, candidate for the Connecticut State Senate’s 19th district.

Republican Steve Weir is optimistic about taking the 19th District seat in November, saying his initial impetus for running revolved around incumbent Democratic state Sen. Cathy Osten's support for...

Groton voter registration session to be held Oct. 27

A voter registration session will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Groton Registrars' Office at 2 Fort Hill Road in Groton.

Trump, Biden go at it — from a distance — in town halls

President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden squared off, in a way, Thursday night, their scuttled second debate replaced by dueling televised town halls

Sen. Osten defends record as she seeks fifth term in 19th District

State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague.

State Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, seeking her fifth term serving the 19th District, says she hears a lot of concern about economic uncertainty amid the pandemic as she makes the rounds to meet...

Norwich mayor endorses Weir in 19th District race

Republican Mayor Peter Nystrom of Norwich has endorsed the GOP's candidate for state Senate in the 19th District, Steve Weir.

New London to hold special voter registration session on Oct. 27

The New London Registrars of Voters will hold a special registration session on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

State Rep. Joe de la Cruz runs unopposed for third term

Joe de la Cruz of Community Speaks Out talks to members of the Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department in Groton during roll call on April 27, 2016, about the recent heroin overdoses and deaths they have been handling. The Groton Democratic incumbent is running unopposed to keep his 41st state House District seat.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

State Rep. Joe de la Cruz is running unopposed for his third term representing the 41st House District.

Biden campaign finds 3rd virus link; Harris suspends travel

In this Oct. 8, 2020, photo, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at Carpenters Local Union 1912 in Phoenix, as Democratic presidential candidate former vice president Joe Biden listens. Biden’s presidential campaign says Harris will suspend in-person events until Oct. 19, after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is suspending in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for the coronavirus

Connecticut officials urge vigilance against voter intimidation

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has sent a memo to municipal election officials detailing federal and state protections against voter intimidation tactics.

Harris suspends travel after staffer tests COVID-19 positive

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks virtually during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign says vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris will suspend in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for...

Dueling town halls for Trump, Biden after debate plan nixed

President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden will compete for TV audiences in dueling town halls instead of meeting face-to-face for their second debate as originally planned

139th House District race features incumbent and underdog

Democratic incumbent state Rep. Kevin Ryan, left, and Republican Caleb Espinosa are facing off in November's election for the 139th state House District seat.

Democrat Kevin Ryan will face Republican challenger Caleb Espinosa.

Biden addresses idea of high court packing: 'I'm not a fan'

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden says he is “not a fan” of the idea of adding seats to the Supreme Court

Bipartisan Christian group forms super PAC to oppose Trump

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A group of prominent Christians from both sides of the aisle, including a past faith adviser to former President Barack Obama, is forming a political action committee designed to chip away at...


Too bad more politicians aren't like Carney

I confidently support the re-election of Rep. Devin Carney. He has served our district very well since being elected. He is well read on the issues that are important to our district and to the...