Voters from Glastonbury’s parties mirrored elections in much of the rest of the state in Tuesday’s primary elections, throwing overwhelming support behind Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Chris Murphy over their respective opponents Chris Shays and Susan Bysiewicz.
In Glastonbury, town Republicans overwhelmingly supported McMahon, who defeated Shays by 1146 votes to 297, according to the town’s registrar of voters. Town Democrats also threw the majority of their support behind Murphy, who defeated Bysiewicz 1105 votes to 367.
With 77% of the precincts across the state reporting at 10 p.m., McMahon was soundly defeating former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays with 76% of the vote. Meanwhile, Murphy cruised by Bysiewicz, the Middletown native and former Secretary of the State, by a comfortable 66% to 34% margin.
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Democratic voters in Manchester and Glastonbury also chose their candidate for the 13th Assembly District Tuesday. While Manchester’s Joe Diminico ultimately won the vote, Glastonbury supported its native Town Council member Tom Gullotta, voting for him by a margin of 323 to 156.
While only 76 individuals cast their vote in the Second Congressional District race, .
Across the district, Formica was running away with the Republican primary over Novak by about a 2-to-1 ratio, and as of 9 p.m. was declared the winner.
In the Fifth Congressional District, Elizabeth Esty emerged on the Democratic side with a convincing 43% to 34% margin (as of 10 p.m.) over the embattled Chris Donovan, once considered the strong frontrunner before a campaign-finance scandal involving several members of his staff, and dark-horse Dan Roberti (23%).
Republicans in the Fifth District went down to the wire, with favorite Andrew Roraback pulling it out with 34% of the vote, followed by Mark Greenberg (28%), Lisa Wilson-Foley (19%) and Justin Bernier (19%) as of 10 p.m.