Election 2014 Live From Real Art Ways
Polls are closed across Connecticut. Results were estimated to take a little while as many races were tight.
In the Fifth Congressional Distrcit, Mark Greenberg conceded to Elizabeth Esty. "It’s a great thing when Americans vote and exercise democracy," Esty said in her victory speech. "We are the fighting fifth, especially when you look at the situation across the country. This was not an easy year."
Democrat George Jepsen was re-elected to a second term as Attorney General, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro won a 13th term in Congress.
A referendum in Bridgewater passed 608 to 226, allowing the town to be able to sell alcohol in restaurants.
In New York, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo was elected governor. In Rhode Island, Democrat Jorge Elorza was elected mayor of Providence, defeating two-time felon Buddy Cianci, and Democrat Gina Raimondo won the governor's race, becoming the first woman elected to that office in the state.
In New Hampshire, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen defeated Republican Scott Brown for a Senate seat.
Republicans were able to gain control of the Senate by adding six seats. The GOP is retaining Senate seats in Tennessee, Mississippi, Maine, and Oklahoma. In Nebraska, Republican Ben Sasse won election to the seat that had been held by Republican Mike Johanns, who chose not to run again. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin won re-election in Illinois.
Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey and Democrat Cory Booker in New Jersey each won a first full term after winning special elections last year. Earlier, Republicans picked up an additional Senate seat in West Virginia. Tennessee voters re-elected Gov. Bill Haslam, while Republican Robert Bentley won a second term as governor of Alabama.
Earlier on Tuesday evening, Secretary of State Denise Merrill visited WNPR's coverage of election night at Real Art Ways and talked about voting problems in Hartford. She said she will be filing a complaint on Tuesday evening due to what she called "gross dereliction of duties by Hartford registrars.
Merrill said that even if voter lists aren't present at a polling place, there are protocols the moderator at a polling site should follow. "Bottom line is the vote should go on, and moderators are charged with deciding how to do that in a fair way," she said. Merrill is filing a complaint against the three Hartford Registrars of Voters with the State Election Enforcement Commission.
At Tom Foley's headquarters in Greenwich, set-up was underway Tuesday evening:
There were some young attendees at the Foley headquarters:
Set-up was underway early Tuesday evening at Gov. Dannel Malloy's headquarters in Hartford:
Later Tuesday evening, things started to pick up:
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This report includes information from The Associated Press.