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Conservative Ranking


Connecticut is the 6th least conservative state, voting 12.8% less Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Connecticut is trending DEMOCRAT.

GOP Trend Ranking


Connecticut ranks 38th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    District 4
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent Christopher Shays is seeking an 11th term in 2008.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Christopher Shays - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Jim Himes - Activist  
  • Lee Whitnum

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  John Larson (D)-inc vs. Joseph Visconti (R)
  • District 2:  Joe Courtney (D)-inc vs. Sean Sullivan (R)
  • District 3:  Rosa DeLauro (D)-inc vs. Boaz Itshaky (R)
  • District 5:  Chris Murphy (D)-inc vs. David Cappiello (R)
  •  
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • February 5, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • May 3, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • August 12, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 DEM
      Representatives 1 GOP, 4 DEM
    State Government
      Governor GOP
      Lt. Governor GOP
      State Senate - DEM control 12 GOP, 24 DEM
      State House - DEM control 44 GOP, 107 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Jodi Rell (R) - 1st full term, up for election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Michael Fedele (R) - 1st term, tied to Governor
  • Senior Senator:  Christopher Dodd (D) - 5th term, not running in 2010
  • Junior Senator:  Joseph Lieberman (I) - 4th term, up for re-election in 2012
  • House District 1:  John Larson (D) - 5th term
  • House District 2:  Joe Courtney (D) - 1st term
  • House District 3:  Rosa DeLauro (D) - 9th term
  • House District 4:  Christopher Shays (R) - 10th term
  • House District 5:  Christopher Murphy (D) - 1st term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Solid DEM -- Strong DEM --

    Senate
    Class 1 Solid DEM -- -- Strong IND
    Class 3 -- -- Solid DEM --

    Governor -- Strong GOP -- Solid GOP

    House 3 GOP - 3 DEM 3 GOP - 2 DEM 3 GOP - 2 DEM 1 GOP - 4 DEM
    CD-1 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-2 Weak GOP Mod GOP Mod GOP Weak DEM
    CD-3 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-4 Solid GOP Solid GOP Weak GOP Weak GOP
    CD-5 Mod DEM Strong GOP Solid GOP Strong DEM
    CD-6 Solid GOP NA NA NA

    BOLD - party turnover
    Party changes not bolded resulted from redistricting before the 2002 election.
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Connecticut Race Tracking
    President
    John McCain
    vs
    Barack Obama
    Projected Winner
    Senate
    No race
    Governor
    No race
    House District 4
    Christopher Shays - inc
    vs
    Jim Himes
    Projected Winner
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