Secretary of the State Denise Merrill Wins Re-Election

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will serve another term.

"I can say with confidence that I have won re-election," the Democratic incumbent said in an email to supporters Wednesday afternoon. "I am honored that the people of Connecticut have chosen me to serve for another four years and I will continue working everyday on behalf of the voters and businesses in our great state."

Republican challenger Peter Lumaj called Merrill to concede around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from his campaign.

"We have worked incredibly hard on this campaign over the past 20 months, but unfortunately the  numbers for a win just don't add up," Lumaj said in a statement Wednesday, extending his congratulations to Merrill "on her hard fought victory."

The latest numbers show Merill pulling about 50 percent of the vote to Lumaj's 47 percent. Third-party candidate Michael DeRosa is drawing 2 percent.

Lumaj said he hopes the two can work side-by-side "to return integrity to the process."

"We need to examine Connecticut's election results, protocols and safeguards to ensure that hte mess that happened with our election yesterday never happens again," he said, referring to snafus in Hartford that delayed some voters and sent others home.

Merrill has already said her office will file a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission asking for an investigation into the Hartford debacle.

Full election results are available here.

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