By Tom Cleary

tcleary@bcnnew.com

While neighboring towns and cities had a higher-than-expected voter turnout Tuesday, Fairfield's Registrars of Voters Office reported that turnout was typical here for mid-term elections.

Democratic Registrar Matthew Waggner and Republican Registrar Roger Autuori reported that 22,474 voters came to the polls Tuesday, 63 percent of the total 35,934 residents who are registered. Waggner said there were no major problems at any of the polling locations across town.

In the 2006 mid-term election, Fairfield recorded voter turnout of 65 percent. In the presidential election two years ago, when Barack Obama was elected, there was a surge in turnout of more than 85 percent in town.

Tuesday's turnout ranged from 53 percent, the lowest, at the District 5 polls where voters cast ballots in the 132nd Assembly race. The highest turnout was in the 134th Assembly portion of District 4, where 70 percent of voters cast ballots.

Results in several of Tuesday's contests were close, including an apparent 13-vote victory for Republican Brenda Kupchick over Democratic state Rep. Tom Drew in the 132nd state representative race, which is subject to a recount Tuesday, and a 170-vote (not including Westport tallies) win in Fairfield for Democratic state Rep. Kim Fawcett over Republican Dee Dee Brandt in the 133rd state representative district.

Fawcett was the lone Democrat to secure victory among the local races on Fairfield's ballot.

Incumbent Republican Tony Hwang won by a nearly 40 percent margin over Democratic candidate Michael Murren in the 134th House District, which includes part of Trumbull.

Republican John McKinney easily retained his seat in the 28th Senate District over Mitch Fuchs.

And Probate Judge Daniel Caruso, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Pamela Jones.

McKinney and Caruso were the top townwide vote-getters, both tallying more than 13,000 votes.

Fairfield voters tilted to the right overall on Tuesday, going against the Democratic trend statewide .

The closest race was for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Christopher Dodd, in which Fairfield voters chose Republican Linda McMahon over Richard Blumenthal by nine votes, 10,170 to 10,163.

In the 4th Congressional District race, Fairfield voters narrowly backed Dan Debicella over incumbent Democrat Jim Himes, 10,449 to 10,039.

Fairfield also favored Republicans in the attorney general race, Martha Dean; secretary of the state, Jerry Farrell; state treasurer, Jeffrey Wright, and state comptroller, Jack Orchulli. But all the Republicans in the constitutional office races fell to Democrats statewide, Dean lost to George Jepsen, Farrell to Diane Merrill, Wright to Denise Nappier and Orchulli to Kevin Lembo.