The only CT Republican in Congress was defeated by Democratic challenger Jim Himes Tuesday night in the 4th Congressional District.
Himes is a former Goldman Sachs vice president who now runs northeast operations for an affordable housing company. His experience on Wall Street might well have made a difference with voters who overwhelmingly listed the economy as the number issue this election.
Shays, who has served Fairfield County in Congress for two decades, said the outcome came as a surprise. Polls had the two candidates within a closer margin.
In the other congressional races, 1st district Democrat John Larson defeated Republican Joe Visconti to win a sixth term in Washington.
In the 2nd district, incumbent Democrat Joe Courtney is celebrating a victory over Republican challenger Sean Sullivan. Courtney received more than 65 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Democrat Rosa DeLauro easily won in Connecticut's 3rd district by an 80-20 margin over challenger Bo Itshaky. She told the New Haven Independent, it's time to "get the economy back in shape.
In the 5th district, freshman Democrat Chris Murphy defeated Republican challenger State Senator David Cappiello to earn another two years in Washington.