By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Democrat Dan Malloy has won Connecticut’s gubernatorial election after days of back-and-forth over vote totals and irregularities that had his opponent suggesting a re-count may be needed.
The Associated Press reinstated its call Friday of Malloy as the winner of the governor’s race. The call came after Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz posted unofficial vote tallies that showed Malloy, the former Stamford mayor, leading Republican businessman Tom Foley by 5,637 votes, well above the 2,000-vote margin that automatically triggers a re-count.
Bysiewicz has until Nov. 25 to certify the election.
Foley said a re-count may still be necessary given the issues that cropped up on Election Day, including the city of Bridgeport running out of ballots.
He told the AP after its election call his campaign plans to spend the weekend reviewing the latest results and voter issues to see if enough votes are outstanding to make up the margin that separates him and Malloy.
He said it doesn’t make sense for him to concede until those issues are reviewed.
Malloy, 55, will become the first Democrat to hold the governorship since William O’Neill, who left office in 1991.
He said that he and his running mate, Comptroller Nancy Wyman, have accepted a tough mission, given Connecticut’s multibillion-dollar deficit and job losses.
“The state is in dire shape and we need to begin the process today of recreating Connecticut in a different economic model,” he said on Tuesday. “We are confident that we can do that.”
The AP initially called Malloy the winner on Wednesday, after Bysiewicz said her preliminary count showed Malloy had won by 3,103 votes.
The AP withdrew its call Wednesday night when its own updated vote count showed Foley ahead. That count did not include complete reports from both New Haven and Bridgeport, two of the most heavily Democratic towns in the state. The New Haven figure relied on by the AP was mistakenly listed as complete; it was not clear how the error occurred.
Malloy ended up winning more than 80 percent of the vote in each city, enough to erase the lead Foley held in the AP count Wednesday night.
The AP’s complete but unofficial count shows Malloy winning by 7,762 votes.
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