It was a narrow race between Lamont and republican opponent, Bob Stefanowski. Lamont ended up with 49-percent of the vote to Stefanowski’s 47-percent. That close race was indicative of how voters across the state were feeling heading into the polls and how competitive both parties were in their performances.
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Many voters say they feel divided, uncertain and emotional. News 8 talked to dozens of voters who say the issues that matter to them the most are the ones that affect their families, their future and their bottom lines.
“Taxes are important to me because I own a small business and it really takes a toll,” Middlefield voter, Ron Caldwell-Andrews told News 8.
“Taxes are definitely tricky for sure,” Paul Philippone from Hartford added.
Eric Rothauser from Newington says healthcare is a critical issue for him and so is the economy – specifically the state budget crisis.
Other voters say tolls, education and jobs are what they had on their minds while casting their ballots.
Scott McLean, Chair of Political Sciences and Philosophy at Quinnipiac University, says the record voter turnout was months in the making.
“We saw huge numbers of first-time voters and younger voters registering to vote,” McLean told News 8. “The unfortunate things is in some ways the two candidates for governor were merely stand-ins for Malloy and Trump.”
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Lamont says he’s now looking ahead to January when he’ll hit the ground running. He’ll have a massive budget crisis looming over him, but he says his door will be open and he’s willing to work across party lines to get the job done.
“I want democrats there, I want republicans there because we have got to work together to get through this thing and that’s how we’re going to do it,” Lamont said.
The Governor-elect says he plans to sit down with Bob Stefanowski to talk about how they can work together.