Midterm mayhem elections - Top story of 2010
Midterm elections are rarely exciting. The President is not running and no sweeping changes to the country usually take place. The 2010 elections have completely debunked that theory. With the Republicans taking over the House and bringing their majority to 239, the hype of their predicted victories proved to be true. However, Connecticut as a state did not come out to play with the Republicans this year.
"It's certainly bittersweet that Republicans did well nationally, but not in Connecticut," James O'Hora, chairman of the Republican Town Committee of New Canaan, said. "I guess you could say, like Hurricane Earl, the storm missed Connecticut."
On the other hand, while the whole state did not go Republican, New Canaan still managed to stay the red course.
With 6,180 registered Republicans compared with 2,631 Democrats, it's likely the blue campaigners will always have a tough time getting votes here, but even this year's numbers show something interesting.
She was right. Malloy received 2,617 Democratic votes in New Canaan, Blumenthal received 2,760 votes and Himes received 2,827. So while the Republicans won by a landslide in New Canaan, plenty of registered Democrats and Independents in town hit the polls Tuesday night.
Apy also expressed great satisfaction with William Tong's victory as the only Democrat in New Canaan.
"For Tong to win in a Republican town like this is really saying something," she said.
Still, it certainly was not easy for Tong as New Canaan only gave him a narrow victory. The final count was 357 for William Tong and 318 for Dennis Mahoney.
The result is staggering considering Mahoney was a write-in candidate, despite efforts by the Republican Party to get on the official ballot after late paperwork and legal battles.
At the League of Women Voters debate in New Canaan two weeks before the election, Mahoney stressed that Tong had wronged him by not allowing a Republican candidate on the ballot.
"That is just not true," Tong said. "The issue stems from a court case months ago after Republican candidate James Caterbone failed to get his paperwork in on time."
Tong went on to mention that the Democrats did put themselves on the defendants' side after they found out Caterbone wanted to get on the ballot after missing the application date. "To be fair to what he is saying, democrats were defendants on that case. But my name or his name is not even on the plaintiffs' or defendants' side. If you go look at the case, it says James Caterbone vs. Susan Bysiewicsz," he said.
Mahoney entered the race once Caterbone withdrew. Caterbone lost the court case appealing his late paperwork. As a result, the Republicans were not allowed to be on the ballot as ruled by the Stamford Superior Court. While the result did not prevent anyone else from running, it did prevent an official Republican ticket from appearing on the ballot. Mahoney was then forced to enter the race as a petitioning candidate.
Additionally, Connecticut's Governor race was hampered by severe ballot issues in Bridgeport. Both O'Hora and Apy expressed frustration with the situation that significantly delayed the Governor's race.
"While I am thrilled with Malloy's victory, I am very disappointed with Bridgeport's handling of the election," Apy said.
"In 2010, who orders 21,000 ballots for 61,000 registered voters?" O'Hora said. "Anytime a recount or a court case is involved, it is never a good thing for an election."
All in all, it turned out to be a mixed bag of feelings for both Republicans and Democrats for this election. New Canaan continued to be dominated by Republican sentiments and voted in their conservative state officials while Connecticut stayed as blue as ever.