HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Conservative petitioning candidate Joe Visconti has dropped out of the Connecticut governor’s race and thrown his support to Republican Tom Foley in a last-minute effort to defeat Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Visconti announced his withdrawal from the campaign Sunday at a campaign stop with Foley in Brookfield. He said he made the decision Saturday afternoon and met with Foley later in the evening, after seeing a poll showing Foley trailing Malloy by a few percentage points.READ MORE: New York City Mayoral Candidates Eric Adams, Curtis Sliwa Meet For First Debate
A Quinnipiac University poll released last week showed Malloy and Foley deadlocked with each receiving the support of 43 percent of likely voters, while Visconti was favored by 7 percent. A CBS/New York Times Internet poll on Monday also had the race tied – 40 percent for Malloy, 40 percent for Foley and 3 percent for Visconti.READ MORE: Suspected Human Remains Found In Florida Wildlife Preserve Where Authorities Are Searching For Brian Laundrie
Visconti says he didn’t receive anything from Foley for dropping out of the race and supporting him.
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