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Lamont Wins Connecticut Gubernatorial Dem. Primary

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Businessman Ned Lamont has won the Democratic nomination for Connecticut governor, defeating Bridgeport mayor and ex-convict Joe Ganim. Lamont's victory comes 12 years after he defeated U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in a Democratic showdown, only to lose the general election when Lieberman ran as an independent. That race was seen as part of a national referendum on the Iraq War.

Lamont has said he'll "save Connecticut" from President Donald Trump's policies, whether it's the weakening of environmental standards or abortion access.

Lamont says he'll bring a businessman's approach to solving the state's fiscal woes. He supports unions and a higher minimum wage.

Connecticut businessman Bob Stefanowski has won the Republican nomination for governor, defeating four fellow contenders in Tuesday's election, including the GOP's endorsed candidate. A political newcomer from Madison, Stefanowski is a former GE executive who pitched himself as Bob the Rebuilder in his TV ads and who has pledged to eliminate the state's personal income tax.

Ganim was elected Bridgeport mayor in 2015 despite serving seven years in prison for public corruption. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy decided against running for a third term.

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