Mayor Luke Bronin wins Hartford mayoral primary


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Current Mayor Luke Bronin has won the big three-way democratic primary in Hartford.

The battle was between Bronin, former Mayor Eddie Perez and four term state representative Brandon McGee. Three very different candidates seeking control of City Hall.

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“We’ve still got work to do between now and November, and we’re going to be doing it with everything we’ve got and after that, we’re going to be working even harder every single day for the people of Hartford,” Bronin said in part during his victory speech.

Mayor Luke Bronin voted early in the morning at the Hartford Public Library, right next door to city hall and just a few blocks from is home.

He was joined by his wife Sarah and their children.

News 8’s Chief Political Correspondent Mark Davis has more on Bronin in the video above.

In a post, McGee wrote of his loss: “This parting message is to a very distinct group of Hartford residents. To the kids that I look at every day in and around this city: Be relentless. I don’t care how complex the problems in this city and in your life, never let that dictate how far you can rise. And when you go up, take someone with you.”

Hartford! This has been a journey. I jumped in this race, knowing that I would ruffle some feathers, but I wanted to see…

Posted by Brandon L. McGee Jr on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

McGee has said if he lost Tuesday’s primary, he would not run in November.

In his concession speech, Perez said to a crowd of supporters, “We worked hard, we gave it our all, and we came up short tonight. I want to commend Mayor Luke Bronin for his win tonight.”

Perez went on to say he’s not done serving in some capacity. It is unclear whether he will run again in November.

44,524 Democrats were eligible to vote in the Hartford Primary, with a 20-25% turnout expected.

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