Levy did not win the race among West Hartford Republicans, who narrowly chose Themis Klarides.
By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com and Ronni Newton, We-Ha.com
Voter turnout among West Hartford Republicans was 19.45% in Tuesday’s primary, but while Leora Levy was the winner statewide, garnering 53.56% of the vote according to unofficial results, she was not the winner among West Hartford voters..
In West Hartford, Themis Klarides received 508 votes (46.14%) while Levy received 490 votes (44.5%). Peter Lumaj received 103 votes from West Hartford Republicans, 9.36% of the total.
Buoyed by a last-minute endorsement from former President Donald Trump and the unpredictability of a low-turnout primary, Levy delivered an upset Tuesday by defeating convention-endorsed and social moderate candidate Klarides for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination.
Levy, a Republican fund-raiser and member of the party’s national committee, prevailed in a three-way contest over Klarides, long considered the favorite to win the race, and Lumaj for the nomination to face U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a two-term Democrat and former attorney general with a three-decade history of winning statewide elections in Connecticut.
West Hartford did follow the rest of the state in the primary for secretary of the state, choosing Dominic Rapini over challenger Terrie E. Wood.
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