Ned Lamont becomes Governor-Elect as Stefanowski concedes

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Republican candidate Bob Stefanowski has conceded to Democrat Ned Lamont in the race for Governor, making Lamont Connecticut’s 89th Governor-Elect.

Stefanowski made the announcement on WPLR-FM Wednesday morning, as Lamont held a 10,000 vote lead with three Connecticut towns still not reporting their numbers.

Stefanowski told “Chaz & AJ In the Morning” that Lamont won the race “fair and square”. He said he would take a little time to assess the campaign, but did not rule out the possibility of running again in the future.

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At 9:10 a.m., the Stefanowski campaign released the following statement:

A few moments ago, I called Ned Lamont to concede the race for governor and congratulate him on a hard-fought victory. I wish both Ned and the state of Connecticut success over these next four years. 
While this is not the result we would have hoped for, I am glad that we were able to draw so much attention to the tax burden in this state. Think about it – at the beginning of this race, we were laser-focused on cutting taxes, while other candidates were talking about raising taxes. We were able to mold the discussion in such a way that the other candidates slowly began to come around to the same conclusion to varying degrees. 
I am hopeful that by relentlessly focusing on that issue we’ve started the conversation on how we can start to bring the tax burden on Connecticut families down.
Words cannot express how humbled and honored I am at the tremendous support we received from people all across Connecticut during this campaign.
This road hasn’t been easy on any of us, but I want to thank my incredible wife Amy and my 3 beautiful girls for taking this journey with me – for having my back throughout this campaign – for putting up with the late nights and the nasty ads – and for encouraging me when I questioned whether we were doing the right thing. 
I also want to thank to thank our army of tireless supporters who donated, put in countless hours on the phones, knocked doors, and helped to get out the vote. 
I will be forever grateful for the love and support this state has shown me, my family and this campaign over the last year.
I have learned a lot over the course of this campaign, but the biggest takeaway for me has been the realization that CT is one big family. That won’t end with the campaign. We will continue to share that bond regardless of today’s outcome.

Just after 9:30 a.m., Governor-Elect Ned Lamont issued the following statement following the concession call from Stefanowski.

“Earlier this morning, I received a call from Bob Stefanowski. After a long campaign, he could not have been more gracious, and I could not be more appreciative. I look forward to working with him, because we all need to come together – regardless of party – to solve our state’s biggest challenges. 

I’m humbled and I want every resident to know how grateful I am for this extraordinary honor. I will work every day – honestly and thoughtfully – to move this state forward and be a champion for Connecticut.”

Lamont, and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Susan Bysiewicz, held a news conference midday Wednesday to discuss the election, and the next steps forward for their transition team.

Web Extra: Governor Dannel Malloy responds to Lamont’s victory

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