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The Wheelhouse: Primary Night Analysis; Previewing Presidential Debate

Primaries in Connecticut’s municipal elections could’ve been a dull affair, but that was certainly not the case last night. 

You had a big upset: Justin Elicker, in his second try at the mayor’s job in New Haven, beating incumbent Toni Harp, a force in Democratic politics for decades. You had an incumbent mayor Luke Bronin easily beating back challenges from a former mayor and state rep. And, you had another incumbent, Joe Ganim, very narrowly defeating state Senator Marilyn Moore, in a race so close it came down to a few hundred absentee ballots.

This hour, we look back at what these primaries mean, and we look ahead to this week’s presidential debate, where a thinned, but still pretty hefty slate of Democrats face off in the next round of herd-thinning as we head toward the 2020 election.


  • Colin McEnroe - Host of WNPR’s Colin McEnroe Show (@wnprcolin)
  • Kevin Rennie - Attorney, Hartford Courant columnist, blogs at dailyructions.com (@DailyRuctions)
  • Khalilah Brown Dean - Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University (@KBDPHD)

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Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.

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