Republican Party Chair Jerry Labriola says he’s pleased with the State Supreme Court decision granting the top line on the November ballot to Republican nominees. The judges issued an order on the questions in the case, and indicated that a full written opinion will follow. (Click here to see the order.)
State law provides for the top line to go to the party whose nominee received the most votes in the last election for governor. The top vote-getter overall was Democrat Dannel Malloy, but he won based partly on his votes from the Working Families Party. On the Democratic line, Malloy received fewer votes than Republican candidate Tom Foley.
Republicans had argued that on that basis, they had won top-line status. But Secretary of the State Denise Merrill denied their call, and Labriola filed an appeal with the State Supreme Court.