Bridgeport mayor: Democrat for Conn. gov wins city

November 5, 2010

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Democrat Dan Malloy won the election in the state’s largest city by more than 13,000 votes, Bridgeport’s mayor announced Friday, apparently giving Malloy the edge over Republican Tom Foley in the disputed race for governor.

Mayor Bill Finch announced the vote totals after officials worked through the night to hand count the vote in the city, where a ballot shortage on Election Day left some to vote on photocopied ballots.

Finch said Malloy had received 17,800 votes compared with 4,075 for Foley. If those votes hold, they will give Malloy a more than 5,000-vote advantage statewide, far above the 2,000-vote threshold to prompt an automatic recount.

Both candidates have claimed victory in Tuesday’s election.

“There are no hanging chads here. Every paper ballot was counted, period,” Finch said in defending his city’s vote-counting operation.

A spokesman for Malloy declined immediate comment, and a spokesman for Foley did not immediately respond.

A final unofficial vote tally had been expected from Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz on Thursday afternoon. But, she had not yet received the final count from Bridgeport, where a ballot shortage on election night forced officials to improvise and make photocopies. They had been due on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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