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Incumbent Mayors Win Primary Challenges in Hartford, New Haven

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Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The mayors of Hartford and New Haven beat back primary challenges as voters in 21 Connecticut municipalities chose Republican and Democratic candidates to face off in the general election Nov. 8.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said voter turnout Tuesday was low, though numbers were not available Wednesday morning.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, who took over earlier this year when his predecessor was convicted of corruption, defeated Edwin Vargas. An official tally was not available Wednesday morning.

Democrats outnumber Republicans 18-1 in Hartford, so Republican mayoral candidate Michael McGarry and any petitioning candidates face long odds in the general election.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. beat three Democratic challengers, budget watchdog Jeffrey Kerekes, lawyer Clifton Graves and former Alderman Anthony Dawson. The Secretary of the State’s office says he received 44 percent of votes.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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