State Rep. William Tong, Susan Bysiewicz, Matthew Oakes, Lee Whitnum and Rep. Chris Murphy square off in the first televised debate between Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate. The debate was held in the NBC Connecticut studios.
State Rep. William Tong is dropping out of the Democratic race for U.S. Senate and will endorse U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, according to multiple sources.
Tong called former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, another candidate for Senate, this morning to say he is dropping out of the race and endorsing Murphy, the front-runner, Bysiewicz spokesman Jonathan Ducote, said.
Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will also endorse Murphy, sources said.
“It is no surprise that the party establishment would support the party insider for the May Democratic Convention. Voters will have an opportunity to speak during the August Primary and Susan will be there to provide voters a clear choice on how to hold Wall Street Accountable and stand up for the middle class," Ducote, Bysiewicz’s campaign manager, said.
Tong will be at a news conference at 12:30 p.m. at Goodwin College in East Hartford with Murphy, Malloy, Wyman and Rep. Tim Larson to discuss the Senate race.
Matthew Oakes and Lee Whitnum are also Democratic candidates for Senate.