Connecticut Senate candidate Chris Murphy won an overwhelming majority of delegate votes Saturday (May 12) at the Democratic State Convention, with 1,378 out of 1,842 delegates, to secure the Democratic nomination for the United State Senate.
The race is to fill a vacancy left by U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) who has decided not to run for re-election.
Murphy, 38, is currently serving his third term in the U.S. Representative for the 5th District.
About 24 percent of the vote (444) went to former CT Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, 50, who is expected to take her campaign to the Aug. 14, 2012 primary.
The frontline Republican contenders for the seat are Linda McMahon or former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays, 4th District.
“The foundation of our message on this campaign is that nothing is impossible if we set our minds to it. I know this because almost every fight I’ve taken on in my 15 years of public service involved the conventional wisdom telling me it couldn’t be done, but we proved them wrong,” said Murphy.
“It’s been a long time since a statewide convention delivered this kind of resounding margin, and it came today from every corner of the state, from every congressional district, from cities, from suburbs, from small towns. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of you,” Murphy said as he learned of the results.
Since announcing his candidacy in the beginning of 2011, Murphy has built an unparalleled grassroots coalition that has propelled him to the head of the field.
His endorsements include:
Gov. Dannel Malloy, Lt Gov. Nancy Wyman, Atty Gen. George Jepsen, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Connecticut’s entire Congressional House delegation, dozens of state Senators and state Representatives, the National Organization for Women, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), State Council of the Service Employees International Union, the Working Families Party, the Connecticut Hispanic Democratic Caucus, the Connecticut Education Association, Connecticut Fire Fighters, United Auto Workers, Connecticut Laborers, the Connecticut State Building and Construction Trades Council, the Communications Workers of America, the League of Conservation Voters, and more than 10,000 Democratic and progressive activists from all across Connecticut.
Posted May 13, 2012, based on a press release issued by Friends of Chris Murphy on May 12, 2012
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