Foley Concedes to Malloy - NBC Connecticut

Foley Concedes to Malloy



    After Tom Foley's camp went through votiing numbers in the heated governor's race in Connecticut, Foley has concede the race to Democrat Dan Malloy.  

    Foley said he plans to call Malloy this afternoon and congratulate him. Malloy plans his own announcement around 4 p.m this afternoon.

    Foley said that, despite some problems, his team found no credible evidence of fradulent voting and he believes a recount would not change the outcome of the race.

    Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz declared Malloy the winner of the governor’s race on Friday evening, after three days of counting and recounting votes.

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    Problems arose in Bridgeport, where several poll locations ran out of ballots on Tuesday and some people voted on photocopied ballots. Foley, the Republican candidate, has questioned the results.

    “I am glad that Tom Foley has agreed that in light of the ballot situation that occurred here in Bridgeport that everyone did their very best to get an accurate count, and ensured that every Bridgeport resident had an opportunity to cast their ballot," Bridgeport mayor Bill Finch said.

    On Friday, Bysiewicz released the official results from the general election for governor and said Malloy won with 566,498 votes and Foley has 560,861.

    Malloy received 540,505 votes on the Democratic party line and another 25,993 votes on the Working Families party line.

    Bysiewicz, a Democrat, said there will be no statewide recount because the difference is more than 2,000 votes – the number needed to trigger an automatic statewide recount.

    Lawmakers are now looking at possible changes to avoid another ballot shortage and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch has appointed a three-member panel to look into what happened.

    “I would strongly encourage the public to attend the hearing, to be held by the bipartisan election panel on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in City Hall Annex, to offer their observations about what they experienced in the city on Election Day. The public’s participation is important and welcome, and will help us ensure that what happened in Bridgeport on Election Day 2010 will never happen again," Finch said.