Connecticut Republican Convention rife with tight races and narrow victories; Boughton for governor in the end

 (Courtesy of Boughton 2018)

(Courtesy of Boughton 2018)

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton narrowly defeated Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst to receive the Republican Party’s nomination for governor of Connecticut on the second and final day of the Connecticut Republican Convention, which kicked off Saturday morning with votes granting nominations for comptroller and treasurer both occurring before 11:00 a.m.

Any candidate who received eight percent of the vote in the first ballot went on to the second round of voting. Dr. Prasad Srinivasan and Mike Handler were eliminated for the gubernatorial ballot before Boughton took the lead over Herbst.

Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller nabbed the party endorsement for comptroller, defeating businessman Mark Greenberg amid supportive chants of “it’s Miller Time” from speakers, delegates and supporters.

Miller will now face the popular Democratic incumbent Kevin Lembo in November for the constitutional office, running against Lembo’s “tax and spend” policies.

Retired investment executive Thad Gray tightly defeated state Senator Art Linares in the race for the party’s endorsement for state treasurer. The two candidates were separated by just two delegate votes before the vote-switching period.

After a smattering of delegates switched their votes and the absent delegates were removed from the count, Gray was able receive the majority needed to receive the party’s nomination outright.

The final vote of the night was for lieutenant governor, with Erin Stewart and Joe Markley as main competitors. Markley, of Southington, took the majority at the end of the evening.

The candidates will face the primaries in August in order to make it to the ballot for this year’s election.


Andrew Miano is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at andrew.miano@uconn.edu.