Oct 7, 2013
09:10 AM
Connecticut Politics

Daily Kos: Connecticut "leans" Democratic for Malloy in 2014

Daily Kos: Connecticut "leans" Democratic for Malloy in 2014

New Haven Register

A file photo of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at the New Haven Register.

The governor’s race in Connecticut is “leaning Democratic” for incumbent Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, according to a Daily Kos elections rating released Monday.

The ratings categorize states in categories of being safe, likely, leaning and toss-up for both parties.

The Daily Kos defines leaning meaning “one party has an identifiable advantage, but an upset victory is possible for the other party.”

Although Malloy has yet to make his announcement for re-election, the Republican primary race is shaping up. State Sen. John McKinney has filed as an official candidate for the seat, while State Sen. Toni Boucher, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and former ambassador Tom Foley -- the GOP's 2010 nominee against Malloy -- have created exploratory committees.

The ratings come out months after a June Quinnipiac University poll showed 44 percent of voters believe Malloy deserves to be re-elected, while 46 believed he did not.

The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics which also rates races, moved Malloy’s re-election from leaning Democratic to a toss-up in June. In August, NPR included Connecticut in a list where incumbents were the most vulnerable.

From The Daily Kos:

Malloy, yet another 2010 squeaker winner, inherited serious budget problems when he came into office, and he chose to resolve them by relying largely on tax hikes rather than spending cuts. That difficult choice has hurt him in the polls, though Connecticut's clear Democratic lean provides a buffer. Malloy hasn't actually declared for a second term, but if he does, he could face a rematch with wealthy former Ambassador Tom Foley. A number of other Republicans are running or considering bids, though, so we may see the primary yield a different nominee.



Daily Kos: Connecticut "leans" Democratic for Malloy in 2014

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