HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – State Rep. Dan Carter has won the Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, and will face Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal in November.

The Bethel Republican garnered his party’s official backing just weeks after entering the race. He easily defeated former Olympian August Wolf, who entered the race a year ago, and former fashion executive Jack Orchulli.

The 48-year-old, three term state representative quit his job to run for senate. Both Carter and the State Party chairman say they believe Donald Trump at the top of the ticket will help in the race against Blumenthal.