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Dan Malloy wins Connecticut gubernatorial race, AP says, but Tom Foley is not conceding

Former Stamford, Conn., mayor Dan Malloy (D) has won the Nutmeg State's governor's race, according to the Associated Press, defeating former ambassador Tom Foley (R). Foley, however, is not yet conceding the race.

The AP called the race Friday night, with Malloy leading Foley by 7,762 votes, a margin of seven-tenths of a percentage point. Official results released by Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) Friday night showed Malloy leading by 5,637 votes. Both counts put Malloy's margin of victory above the 2,000-vote threshold that would trigger an automatic recount.

A Malloy win would give Democrats another pick-up in this year's gubernatorial races; Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell (R) is retiring. It would also put Democrats in 19 governor's mansions -- including Vermont, which the AP has not called but where the Republican candidate has conceded -- while the GOP would control 29. One state, Rhode Island, elected an independent governor in former Republican senator Lincoln Chafee. In Minnesota, the race to succeed retiring Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) appears headed toward a recount and may not be decided until December.

In a statement, Foley's campaign expressed concern about the accuracy of the vote-counting process and didn't rule out the possibility of asking for a recount.

"I understand the city of Bridgeport has submitted its most recent numbers and the Secretary of State has announced they are official," said Foley communications director Liz Osborn. "Those numbers do not, however, mitigate the issues Tom spoke about today at his press conference, which includes ever-changing vote totals. Once the campaign has been able to gain additional information requested of a number of municipalities and the Secretary of State, we will comment further."

The AP's call in Connecticut came nearly 72 hours after polls closed and after late ballot-counting in New Haven and Bridgeport was completed. It also followed days of wrangling between the Malloy and Foley campaigns and Bysiewicz over the ballot count.

On Thursday, Foley told The Fix that his campaign's tabulations showed him holding a narrow lead over Malloy and that the results were within the margin for an automatic recount.

The Republican Governors Association also called into question Thursday the accuracy of the vote count.

"Tom Foley led this race every step of the way until the Democratic Secretary of State chose sides and apparently started counting photocopied ballots and ballots cast after the polls closed," said RGA Communications Director Mike Schrimpf. "There are serious discrepancies and concerns about the vote counting process in Connecticut. Republicans will make sure the votes are counted fairly and accurately."

By Felicia Sonmez  | November 5, 2010; 8:25 PM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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