Wyman, Boughton win lieutenant governor races

Democrat Nancy Wyman and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton will be filling out the top of their tickets come November after winning their parties' lieutenant governor nominations Tuesday.

Wyman defeated Mary Glassman for the Democratic nomination and Boughton was victorious over Lisa Wilson-Foley to win the Republican nod.

Throughout the night, Boughton held onto a lead between 8 and 6 percentage points over Wilson-Foley. With 73 percent of the vote counted, Boughton had 53 percent to Wilson-Foley's 47 percent. Wilson-Foley conceded to Boughton shortly before 10:30 p.m.

Wyman, the state comptroller for 16 years, said she was very proud of the support she's received over the years from her supporters and the Democratic Party. Wyman won 64 percent of the vote over challenger's Glassman's 36 percent.

"This is a great time for us," she said. "I'm very proud that the Democrats have supported me the way they have all these years. I'm very lucky."

She added that with her experience, she can hit the ground running if elected in the fall. Wyman has served as the state's comptroller for nearly 16 years.

"For years I've warned people about the structural deficit in the budget and talking about how we can cut costs," she said. "With my experience and my knowledge of the budget we can begin changing the way we deliver services in this state. Now we just have to roll up our sleeves and accomplish it."

Wyman is the running mate of former Stamford Dan Malloy, who defeated Ned Lamont for his party's nomination. Wyman served as a state representative in the General Assembly from 1987-1995.

Glassman, first selectwoman of Simsbury, said would put her support behind Wyman and the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy.

"I'm proud of the race I ran and the issues we discussed," she said. "I am confident Nancy and Dan will fight for these same issues, like better schools and more jobs. I pledge to spend the next three months helping to elect Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman."

Earlier in the day, Jim O'Connell, Wilson-Foley's campaign manager, said that while they fully expect her opponent Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton to win in his home city "by a good margin" they believe they "have a lot of support statewide to more than make up for it."

He said Wilson-Foley started visiting the polls throughout the state around 6 a.m. and was in the Farmington Valley area late Tuesday afternoon.

Boughton, who visited Danbury High School with his running mate and GOP gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele, said they were both encouraged by the early turn out in Danbury and Stamford.

Boughton, a five-term mayor, remained "cautiously optimistic" about his bid for a statewide office.

Wyman added that she would like to see the state's primaries pushed back to June -- so that families can vote before heading out for their planned summer vacations.

"After today we might have to change things," she said.

Wyman, who lives in Tolland, now faces Republican Jack Orchulli, a fashion executive from Darien, the November election.

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