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Vote Total Swings in Malloy's Favor
BY Bob Connors and LeAnne Gendreau

The roller coaster ride that the race for governor in Connecticut has been over the past few days twisted through another loop on Thursday.

The Associated Press election totals show Democrat Dan Malloy now leading Republican Tom Foley by 6,240 votes. The new totals were updated just a day after the AP withdrew its call of Malloy as the winner.

The AP said it made its original call after Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz declared Malloy the winner Wednesday. Despite Bysiewicz's announcement, the vote totals still showed Foley ahead, with about 2 percent of the precincts still not reporting vote totals Wednesday.

Bridgeport is still counting votes and numbers have not been reported from 10 precincts. The elections officials said they would give them to the Secretary of the State's office first, then the Associated Press.  

“I cannot believe it will change the outcome,” Bill Kole, the chief of the Associated Press’ Boston bureau, said.

Foley has not conceded, claiming his numbers showed the total within the 2,000-vote margin that would trigger an automatic recount. He said his campaign's count found an 1,100-vote change in his favor in Bridgeport, where a ballot shortage on Election Day led to chaos at some polling places. The debacle led a judge to allow polls in Bridgeport to remain open until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

"I want to know who won this election and who won the plurality of votes on Tuesday," Foley said Thursday. "That's what I want to know, and that's what Connecticut wants to know."

Malloy's team said they were moving forward with transition plans. "We are 100 percent confident that when the final vote is certified, Dan Malloy will be declared the winner by a margin way outside what is necessary to trigger a recount," Malloy aide Roy Occhiogrosso said Thursday.

Bysiewicz was expected to announce the final vote totals on Thursday afternoon, but the registrar's office still has not released the numbers.