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Bysiewicz to Release Final Election Numbers

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Note:  WTIC  plans to carry the Secretary of the State’s announcement live.  It is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m.

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s secretary of the state will release the final, official vote totals Thursday afternoon in the governor’s race, in which both Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley have claimed victory.

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, a Democrat, said Wednesday that unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election showed Malloy beating Foley by 3,103 votes out of more than 1.1 million cast, above the threshold of 2,000 or fewer votes that would have triggered an automatic recount. That number didn’t include absentee ballots, but Bysiewicz didn’t expect those ballots to change the outcome of the race.

Malloy said Wednesday that his numbers show he won by at least 11,000 votes, while Foley said his numbers showed him winning by just under 2,000 votes.

Bysiewicz plans to announce the final tallies Thursday afternoon.

“We are 100 percent confident that when the final vote is certified, Dan Malloy will be declared the winner by a margin way outside what is necessary to trigger a recount,” Malloy aide Roy Occhiogrosso said Thursday.
Foley said Thursday that there was an 1,100-vote change in his favor in Bridgeport, where a ballot shortage

Tuesday led to long lines and reports of voters leaving polling places without voting. Because of the problems, a state judge ordered a dozen polling places in the city to remain open until 10 p.m., two hours after polls closed around the state.

Bridgeport elections officials gave some voters photocopied ballots and counted those by hand instead of running them through the optical-scan machines.

Republicans voiced concerns about the photocopied ballots and the extended voting hours and criticized

Bysiewicz for declaring Malloy the winner based on unofficial vote totals. But the GOP hasn’t filed any formal complaints yet, state GOP Chairman Chris Healy said.

Foley said Thursday that he was waiting to compare the final official numbers with his numbers before deciding his next step.

“I want to know who won this election and who won the plurality of votes on Tuesday,” Foley said. “That’s what I want to know, and that’s what Connecticut wants to know.”

Both Foley and Malloy began forming transition teams Wednesday in anticipation of becoming Connecticut’s 88th governor, succeeding retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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