If you look at Connecticut’s recent history of presidential and senate elections, you’ll see a very deep blue state. Connecticut presidential elections have featured Democrat winners since 1992. And the winner in 2016 will be Democrat once again. Ditto this year’s Connecticut Senate election. Incumbent Senator Richard Blumenthal is a sure bet to extend the Democrats’ unbroken Senate win streak to 11 elections. (Yes, I know Joe Lieberman was elected in 2006 as an ‘Independent’, but he never truly left the Democratic Party.)
As blue as Connecticut is in other statewide elections, it has a certain Republican element when it comes to gubernatorial races. It isn’t all that uncommon for a particularly partisan state to shed it dominant party color in elections for governor. Currently, you’ll see examples of this in Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts and West Virginia. Connecticut’s profile features Republican governors John Rowland and Jodi Rell who served as Connecticut’s chief executive for 16 years from 1995-2011. That streak almost lasted longer. In both 2010 and 2014, Connecticut’s gubernatorial election outcomes were among the closest elections in the country. Both times, however, Democrat Dan Malloy narrowly edged Republican Tom Foley. In the first contest between the two, just 0.76% separated Malloy from Foley.
As the 2016 election unfolds, be sure to check the race pages I’ve linked in this article for up-to-date status on the important Connecticut elections, including polls and projections, candidates and news. For a handy list of all federal races in the Constitution State be sure to see EP’s Connecticut Elections page. There you’ll also find a detailed list of electoral outcomes in the state since 1980 as well as the partisan makeup of Connecticut’s state government.