Vote Tuesday! Republicans, Democrats Head to the Polls for Primary

Here's all the information you need to know about the Connecticut political primaries on Tuesday, including poll information, who the candidates are and where the campaign gatherings will be.


Registered Republicans and Democrats in Connecticut can vote in primaries in their respective parties on Tuesday for candidates running in state and federal elections.

Polls open across the state at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

While registered voters can't switch their party affiliation at this point, unaffiliated or unregistered voters can register by noon Monday to vote in either primary.

Poll Information

East Hampton: East Hampton High School, 15 N. Maple St.

Portland: Portland Senior Center, 7 Waverly Ave.

U.S. Senate Primary

All Connecticut residents, either Republicans or Democrats, who vote in Tuesday's primary will choose between two candidates each in their respective parties for the open U.S. Senate race.

This is the seat currently held by U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, a former Democrat-turned-Independent who is retiring. 


  • , current congressman from the Fifth District, the party's endorsed candidate and a Cheshire resident.
  • Susan Bysiewicz, former Secretary of the State and Middletown resident.


  • Linda E. McMahon, a former CEO Of WWE, the party's endorsed candidate and Greenwich resident.
  • , former congressman from the Fourth Congressional District in Fairfield County and a resident of Bridgeport.

First Congressional District

For Portland residents. There is no primary in the First Congressional District this year. For the Democrats, the endorsed candidate is incumbent , of East Hartford, and the Republican challenger this year is , a Republican businessman from West Hartford.

Second Congressional District

For East Hampton residents. U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney remains the Democrats' endorsed candidate in this large district encompassing eastern Connecticut. He has no primary challenger in 2012.

On the Republican side, there are two candidates facing off in this year's primary:

  • Paul Formica, the first selectman from East Lyme and the state GOP's endorsed candidate.
  • Daria Novak, a businesswoman and executive consultant from Madison.

33rd State Senate District

After 20 years, State Senator Eileen Daley (D, Westbrook) is giving up her seat. Art Linares (Westbrook) is the sole Republican candidate and there will be no primary. The Democrats, however, will have a primary.

  • Jim Crawford: Crawford, the state representative for the 35th District and Westbrook native, won the Democratic nomination for the 33rd Senate on the third ballot.
  • Mary Ellen Klinck: Klinck, of East Haddam, was runner-up in the nominating process.

Where The Candidates Will Gather

The candidates will all rendevouz with their campaign staffs Tuesday evening at hotels, restaurants or other venues, to watch as the vote returns from the primary are called in.

These campaign gatherings happen around the time the polls close, at 8 p.m., and supporters and local reporters will likely show up too.

Here’s a breakdown on where each candidate is expected to be after the votes are called in:

U.S. Senate

  • Murphy Campaign: Omni Hotel, 155 Temple St., New Haven
  • Bysiewicz Campaign: Mattabesett Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown (Bysiewicz expected to address supporters at 8:30 p.m.)
  • McMahon Campaign: Hilton Stamford Hotel, 1 Stamford Place, Stamford
  • Shays Campaign: Campaign Headquarters, 2013 Main St., Stratford

Second Congressional District

  • Courtney Campaign: Courtney will be out of the state during the day of the primary. 
  • Novak Campaign: Campaign Headquarters, 141 Durham Road, Madison 
  • Formica Campaign: Flanders Fish Market, 22 Chesterfield Road (Route 161), East Lyme.


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