GOP Flips Two Seats in Dark Blue Connecticut

Republicans won two of the five state legislative seats at stake in special elections Tuesday, flipping House and Senate districts by carrying blue-collar communities that have grown difficult for Democrats. All five vacancies were the result of Gov. Ned Lamont hiring Democratic legislators in January.

Even with the losses, Democrats retained solid majorities of 91-60 in the House and 22-14 in the Senate. But Republicans got a morale boost after losing ground in the General Assembly last fall for the first time in 10 years.

In the night’s biggest upset, Republican Gennaro Bizzarro of New Britain won the the 6th Senate District with 53 percent of the vote, defeating Rep. Rick Lopes, D-New Britain. The district includes the GOP-trending suburb of Berlin, where House Speaker Joseph Aresimowicz, a Democrat, barely won re-election last fall against a late entrant in the race.

Lopes carried New Britain by about 500 votes, but lost Berlin by nearly 1,000 votes. The district also has a piece of Farmington that was carried by Bizzarro.

Read more at the CT Mirror.