Last year's presidential election brought with it historic voting turnout rates in Connecticut. While much lower turnout is expected for tonight's elections, the Secretary of the State reminds everyone that your vote carries even more weight at home.
Polls closed at 8 p.m. in Connecticut and then the wait for results begins. We are watching some key races across the state tonight. For more Connecticut election results, click here.
According to a spokesperson for Secretary of the State Denise Merrill's office: "All of the results are tallied and entered into the election night reporting system locally. All of the results that have been entered thus far are safely and securely stored on the system, but are not currently being displayed. The third-party vendor that manages the reporting system is working right now to display the results as soon as possible."
Democratic incumbent Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu is losing in a challenge from Republican Jeffrey Caggiano, according to unofficial results from the city.
With all precincts reporting, but same day registration ballots still being counted, Caggiano led Zoppo-Sassu by 600 votes.
Guilford’s Board of Education race has become a highly contested election with 11 candidates hoping to have a say in the direction of the school district’s future. There are five Democratic and Independent candidates competing to be a part of the town's Board of Education.
One key issue they have to grapple with - critical race theory and how American history is being taught in school. It's important to note that the town's superintendent said the theory is not being taught in school, but that the district has worked for years on social justice and equity initiative.
As of 7 p.m., voter turnout was around 50%.
Democrat Lauren Garrett claimed victory in Hamden's mayoral race, becoming the first woman to hold the seat in decades. Garrett had beaten the incumbent Mayor Curt Leng in the city's Democratic mayoral primary. In tonight's general election Garrett beat out Leng, who ran as write-in candidate, Republican Ron Gambardella and Independent write-in candidate Albert Lotto.
"I am so excited to continue Team Stewart's message, 'we care, we lead, New Britain wins,'" Stewart said to a cheering crowd Tuesday night.
As of 7 p.m., voter turnout was around 23%.
With 100% of precincts reporting, Stewart won 5837 to Sanchez's 3276. Mayo receive 15 votes.
"We were very confident that we would do well and quite confident we would win. I've got to say, I didn't realize we would win by this much," Elicker said Tuesday night.
The race for mayor in Stamford involves a famous name - former MLB manager Bobby Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate against Rep. Caroline Simmons, a Democrat. Valentine conceded to Simmons early Wednesday morning.
As of 7 p.m. voter turnout was around 25%.
West Haven Mayor Nancy Rossi, a Democrat, claimed victory in a speech Tuesday night, saying they won by a tight margin of 24 votes and noting there will be a recount. She was challenged by Republican challenger Barry Lee Cohen.
The race is under extra scrutiny after allegations came out of fraudulent activity involving federal Covid-19 money which led to the arrest of a former city worker and State Representative Michael DiMassa. As of 7 p.m., voter turnout was around 24%.