Hotly contested gubernatorial primary races across the country could make history on Tuesday, as Republicans hope to continue to erode Democratic control of New England governorships and progressives look to nominate the nation’s first-ever transgender candidate to a state’s highest office.
In deep-blue Connecticut, which went for Hillary Clinton by double-digits in the 2016 presidential campaign, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim and wealthy businessman Ned Lamont are competing for the Democratic nomination to succeed deeply unpopular Gov. Dan Malloy.
Malloy, who decided not to seek a third term, was shown by some polls to be the least popular governor in the nation, with critics citing the state’s high taxes and major budget woes. That’s left an opening for Republicans, who are looking to continue to encroach on governorships in the traditionally liberal New England.
The GOP currently holds the governorships of four out of six states in the region, including Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
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