HARTFORD, CT (AP / WCBS 880) – The two major party candidates for Connecticut governor began Election Day voting early in Fairfield County.

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A spokesman says Democrat Dan Malloy voted before 6:30 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Stamford. Republican rival Tom Foley voted shortly after 6 a.m. at Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center in Greenwich.

Foley hopes to benefit from an anti-government mood that Republicans believe will motivate voters. He has touted his experience in turning troubled businesses around.

Malloy says he was a successful mayor who helped attract jobs to Stamford.

Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell is not seeking re-election. William O’Neill, elected in 1986, was the last Democratic governor.

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