A jubilant Sue Brand raised a glass of champagne to toast her supporters Tuesday night when the numbers showed she had easily won the Democratic primary in the 132nd state House of Representatives District.
The unofficial final tally in the race showed Brand beating Kevin Coyner, a newcomer to Fairfield politics, by a better than two-to-one margin, with 696 votes to 302 for Coyner.
Down the street from Brand's party, a small group gathered with Coyner, a Greenwich firefighter. "It's been a long day; it's been an interesting one," he said, as he conceded.
"I want to congratulate her," Coyner said. "I think she's done a terrific job ... We're all on one team in the end."
Brand now faces freshman Republican state Rep. Brenda Kupchick in the Nov. 6 general election.
In the two other primary contests on the ballot in Fairfield on Tuesday, the major political parties' endorsed candidates for the U.S. Senate -- Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Chris Murphy -- who won their respective primary battles easily statewide, had divergent fates in Fairfield.
While McMahon, a former executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, romped to an overall statewide win over Christopher Shays, the former 4th District congressman, by a roughly 76 to 24 percent in the contest for the GOP nomination, Shays in Fairfield edged McMahon with 1,529 votes to 1,459.
Meanwhile, Murphy triumphed handily in Fairfield over his challenger, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, with a vote total of 1,565 to 496, while rolling to a statewide win of about 66 to 34 percent.
In the Democrats' 132nd House race, Brand's easy primary victory was a sharp contrast from her one-vote win over Coyner for the DTC nomination in May.
It was not a robust turnout by Democrats on Tuesday.
In District 3, Coyner was unable to garner any votes, while Brand received 20. And in District 5, both candidates got three votes each.
Brand said she couldn't have campaigned successfully without the help she received from family and volunteers, but on Tuesday wasn't quite ready to look ahead to the general election.
"I'm going to take a little rest," she said, "and then it's back to work ... Tonight, I just want to enjoy tonight."
On hand at Brand's party was First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Fire Commissioner Susan Barrett, who once represented the 132nd District.
For his part, Coyner said he has no plans to fade into the civic woodwork. While he said it was too early to say whether he would run for office again, he wouldn't rule it out either.
"I want to stay involved with the party and I want to stay involved with the town," said Coyner, who moved to town three years ago. "I'm happy. I know I put in a good, solid effort, so that's all you can do at the end of the day."
He, too, thanked his volunteers, as well as Brand's volunteers, for their efforts in the respective campaigns for the nomination.