Elizabeth Esty (left) won the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 5th District. Andrew Roraback is the GOP nominee after winning a four-way race Tuesday.
House Speaker Chris Donovan, whose campaign was dogged by a campaign finance scandal, has lost his bid for Congress.
Donovan was the Democratic Party's endorsed candidate in the 5th District primary, but a federal investigation produced charges against his former campaign finance director and campaign manager. Former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty won the race.
Donovan's aides were arrested for allegedly participating in a scheme to hide the source of $27,500 in campaign contributions. Authorities said the donations were tied to an effort to defeat legislation that would have raised taxes on "roll-your-own" smoke shop owners.
Donovan has denied any knowledge of the alleged conspiracy and hasn't been charged.
Esty led in fundraising. She was endorsed by Emily's List, a group that backs Democratic women who support abortion rights.
Dan Roberti finished third in the voting.
State Sen. Andrew Roraback won the four-way Republican race for the 5th District.
Roraback, the endorsed Republican candidate, defeated veteran Justin Bernier and business owners Lisa Wilson-Foley and Mark Greenberg.
Roraback is considered a moderate Republican in the General Assembly — a designation some of his challengers used as a criticism.
Roraback said last week that a liberal super PAC was targeting him in the GOP primary to keep the seat safe for Donovan, whom he called a "potential felon."