HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Connecticut Republicans on Tuesday picked Greenwich businessman Tom Foley to take on Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November.
The general election will be a rematch between Foley and Malloy, who narrowly defeated the GOP nominee four years ago.
Foley, a former U.S. ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush, defeated Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield), a 16-year veteran of the General Assembly, according to unofficial returns late Tuesday.
Voter turnout figures were not immediately available Tuesday evening, but Secretary of the State Denise Merrill predicted earlier in the day that 25 to 30 percent of registered voters would vote.
“Several times, this has gone to court over the years, where people have challenged the right of the parties since it sort of appears to be a public election, but in reality, it isn’t,” Merrill said. “And yet the public is paying for the election. Time and time again, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the parties have a right to choose whether or not they allow unaffiliated voters to vote in the primary.”