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Election roundup: GOP sweeps in New Canaan

Published 5:27 pm, Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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  • Voters stand in line at Saxe Middle School to cast their ballots on Tuesday morning, Nov. 6. Photo: Tyler Woods
    Voters stand in line at Saxe Middle School to cast their ballots on Tuesday morning, Nov. 6. Photo: Tyler Woods

 

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The Republican Party had a typically strong showing in New Canaan's election Tuesday night.

Overall turnout in the town was 83 percent, a high number considering that at the start of the day there were still more than 1,000 households without power.

On a night when Barack Obama won a second term as president, the GOP held the reins in all races in New Canaan, where Mitt Romney took 64 percent of the vote and Obama 35 percent.

U.S. Senate

New Canaan supported a losing effort by Republican Linda McMahon, who received 63 percent of the vote to Democrat Chris Murphy's 36 percent. Statewide, Murphy won 55 percent to 43 percent, and will take the Senate seat currently held by Democrat-turned-independent Joe Lieberman.

4th Congressional District

Steve Obsitnik received the lowest amount of votes of all the Republicans on the New Canaan ticket, winning only 62 percent of the vote here. Conversely, Jim Himes performed best of all the Democrats, garnering 38 percent of the vote. Districtwide, Himes won 59 to 41 percent.

125th State House

Republican Tom O'Dea trounced challenger Mark Robbins by more than a 2-1 ratio, securing 67 percent of the vote to Robbins' 32 percent.

Green Party candidate David Bedell took in 165 votes, good for 1.8 percent of the vote.

142nd State House

Minority leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives Larry Cafero won New Canaan with 66 percent of the vote to Democratic challenger and political novice Kate Tepper's 34 percent, on his way to winning re-election.

36th State Senate

Republican incumbent L. Scott Frantz was the runaway winner of the night, blowing out 27-year-old opponent Dan Dauplaise.

Frantz received 72 percent of the vote, outrunning the head of the ticket, Mitt Romney, who polled at only 64 percent in New Canaan. Dauplaise received the least amount of votes on the New Canaan's Democratic ticket, with 26 percent

Green Party candidate Remy Chevalier received 89 votes in New Canaan, which was equal to about 1.5 percent.

26th State Senate

Republican incumbent Toni Boucher comfortably secured 69 percent of the vote on her way to re-election. Democratic opponent Carolanne Curry took 31 percent of the votes cast in New Canaan.

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