NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Toni Harp won the four way Democratic primary for mayor Tuesday night, but alderman Justin Elicker is vowing to fight on until November.
Toni Harp got the margin of votes she was looking for in the primary. She won with 53%.
Second place finisher Justin Elicker got about 25 %.
But the turn out was much lower than most expected, just under 30% of registered Democrats bothered to vote.
Wednesday, Elicker said his focus will remain the same.
"Focusing on undecided voters but the universe of undecided voters obviously expands because there's an additional third of New Haven that can vote in the general election," said Elicker.
There are 50,000 registered Democrats, just over 18,000 unaffiliated or independent voters that may be looking for an alternative, and 2,500 Republicans that have no candidate of their own.
Elicker says his goal is also to get the votes that went to Henry Fernandez and to Kerm Carolina, saying he's in conversations with both.
But Harp's campaign thinks she will get some of those votes and a large portion of the unaffiliated and she says plans to go after voters that voted for Elicker in the east side of the city.
"Once people really see that my experience compared to his experience...I'm sure that some people will change their minds and others will be inspired to vote who didn't vote," said Harp.
Harp notes that the East side of the city is the half that is not in her State Senate District and voters may not be familiar with her efforts to bring state funding for schools and other projects into the city.
With another potential 20,000 voters eligible to vote in November,and with the majority of them not affiliated with any party, it should be a new political ballgame this fall.
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