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DARIEN, CT — The battle to succeed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November will come down to Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski. Lamont whalloped his primary challenger, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim, by 171,658 to 39,854. On the Republican side, Stefanowski earned 41,957 votes followed by Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, 30,457, David Stemerman, 26,266, former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, 25,091, and Steve Obstinik, 19,119.
For Lieutenant Governor, Democrat Susan Bysiewicz defeated Eva Zimmerman by a margin of 129,484 to 78,870 and on the Republican side Joe Markley defeated New Britain Mayor Erin Steward and Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. Markley earned 65,702 votes, Stewart, 45,258 and Stevenson, 27,138.
Other big winners from across the state last night include: Matthew Corey who won his GOP primary to run for U.S. Senate against Chris Murphy, and in the 5th District congressional primary former National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes defeated her party-endorsed challenger Mary Glassman while on the Republican side Manny Santos defeated Ruby Corby-O'Neil and Rich DuPont.
Democrats picked Stamford's William Tong (currently state Representative for the 147th District, which includes part of Darien) to run for State Attorney General and Republicans picked Sue Hatfield. For Treasurer Democrats voted for Shawn Wooden over Greenwich resident Dita Bhargava, and Republicans choose Thad Gray.
Locally, in Darien on the Democratic side, Lamont received 679 votes and Ganim 41, Bysiewicz earned 562 and Zimmerman 135. Tong received 595 votes in Darien, while neither of his challengers broke 80 votes.
On the Republican side, Boughton received 278 votes in Darien, Herbst, 152, Obstinik, 338, Stefanowski, 353, and Stemerman, 579 votes. Markley received 216 votes, Stewart, 87 and Stevenson, 1,417.
In the contest for the 147th District on the Republican side, Marcy Minnick defeated Anzelmo Graziosi, 163 to 90 (however, Graziosi won the primary).
Here's How Darien Residents Voted In 2018 Primary Election
By Alfred Branch, Patch Staff, August 15, 2018
Photo: The Darien News