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Democrat Dan Malloy has been named winner of the Connecticut governor's race in a tight contest against Republican Tom Foley, according to The Associated Press.

Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz made the announcement in a statement Friday. Malloy, former mayor of Stamford, will be the first Democrat to serve as governor of Connecticut since 1986.

The count was delayed when the city of Bridgeport ran out of ballots on election night and had to use photocopied ballots.

Race results were in dispute for over 48 hours. Late Wednesday, AP announced it was recalling its official call in the race. "The wire service said after reviewing its own count, it has Republican Tom Foley up 8,424 votes over Democrat [Dan] Malloy, with all but 1.5 percent of the precincts counted," CBS New York.com reported.

But earlier Wednesday, Connecticut's top election official said it appeared Malloy had squeezed past Foley to become the state's next governor, but the Republican was far from conceding the race.

Bysiewicz said Malloy led the GOP candidate by 3,100 votes, out of more than 1 million cast, The New York Times reported. That's more than the 2,000 votes that would spur an automatic recount.

"We don't believe that it would change, based on absentee ballots," Av Harris, a spokesman for Bysiewicz, told the newspaper.

But because the election had not been officially called, Foley took issue with Bysiewicz's announcement. He told the Times his own internal polling showed that he was the winner, though by a margin smaller than 2,000.

Foley also declined to dismiss claims from Republicans that Bysiewicz, a Democrat, could have jumped the gun out of loyalty to her party.

"It does raise an eyebrow," Foley, a former ambassador to Ireland, told the Times. "I'm a little surprised that the secretary of state would announce an unofficial result when she admits that she doesn't have all the information. I think someone committed to acting impartially would have been more reserved."
Malloy succeeds Jodi Rell, a Republican who opted against re-election.
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Tony

Massachusetts, California and Connecticut deserve what they get, all are going bankrupt under the Liberal democrate regime. We also thank Barack Hussein Obama, Nancy and harry for the Republican tidal wave...

November 06 2010 at 9:27 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
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Albert Kurtz

I thought California has had a Republican Governor 24 out of the last 28 years, including the current one???

November 06 2010 at 10:12 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
smd524

Albert... Dont confuse Tony with the truth. If Republicans relied on "truth", "facts", or "reality", none would ever be elected. Curious George got us into a billion dollar a day war and THEY blame Obama for budgetary mess. EIGHT YEARS of spending and corruption, and they are up in arms because Obama hasnt fixed it in two!! Go figure.

November 06 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
RonRuthNik

Thank God for what little Democrat victories there are. It slows to stops the Republican plan to finish destroying both the middle class & the economy....

November 06 2010 at 8:32 AM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
martbild

Isn't this the race where they found a bag of uncounted ballots? They must have been in the trunk of Al Franken's car. If it works once, keep trying it until you get caught (then blame it on Bush.)

November 06 2010 at 8:27 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
rhboothroyd

What's even more scary than the election problems in CT is the posts on this billboard: conspiracy theories, the "last black president...", "in my humble opinion". Won't even comment on the grammar and spelling. And last but not least, AOL gets to "monitor " all of our posts. Now I'm really scared. Has it occurred to anyone that the people of CT have spoken, as have the people all over the US and we have produced some interesting election results all across the country, results that should give both Dems and Reps the message that most of us want them to reach across party lines and get legislation passed that helps this country move forward.

November 06 2010 at 12:12 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
joe

In a close election you can always expect the Democrats to come up with some miracle votes to give the win to their candidate. And when the secretary of state is a Democrat the win is in the bag. Bysiewicz did not expect an early decision on the vote totals but announced a win for Malloy even before the absentee ballots were counted. The city of Bridgeport ran out of ballots?????

November 05 2010 at 11:36 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
prairiecal

What a suprise! New Englanders elected another democrat. Wow! What news.

November 05 2010 at 11:08 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
disneyhero

Recount? They haven't even counted all of the votes in the first place! This is another reason the Dems got hammered this election and will again in 2012 - they can't be honest.

November 05 2010 at 11:04 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
kelligirlblue

Thank you Mr Al Gore -- Are we ever going to have a clear democratic (win/lose) vote again?

November 05 2010 at 10:53 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
litlim

I think a recount is necessary in Ct, it's too close to declare a winner.

November 05 2010 at 9:57 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
Trudy Marie

RECOUNT! RECOUNT! RECOUNT!

November 05 2010 at 9:23 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

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