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.