From The Hartford Courant, November 9,2018: “The Democratic field operation was one of the strongest that I’ve seen and ours was a complete and utter joke,” former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst said. “It was an unmitigated disaster. When you are in a blue state as a Republican, you’ve got to have that field program. You’ve got to touch unaffiliated voters. The Democrats kicked our teeth in when it came to the ground game.” READ THE…
The “Blue Wave” carried Democrats to a majority in the House of Representatives, but the crest fell short of carrying us to control of the U.S. Senate. Dems gained 33 House seats for a total of 228 seats, so far. Republicans strengthened their hold on the Senate flipping two seats, pending recounts in Arizona and Florida.
I want to thank all of our DTC members and volunteers who weathered the stormy conditions throughout the day to help get out the message in support of our candidates. “Blue” certainly rained down here in Redding, producing historic victories across the board:
- Will Haskell will become the first Democratic State Senator of the 26th District since 1972. He successfully defeated Toni Boucher, who has represented the district for over a decade.
- Raghib Allie-Brennan ousted Will Duff to win the 2nd District Assembly seat. In 2016, Raghib was narrowly defeated by a total of 282 votes.
- Anne Hughes achieved the impossible…she will become the first Democrat to represent the heavily gerrymandered 135th District.
- Ned Lamont will become our next Governor, giving Democrats a clean sweep of all the major State Office races in Connecticut.
The actions and policies of the President have created division and heightened levels of anxiety in many Americans. The large voter turnout nationwide was a direct result of those fears and concerns. But, the impressive victory of our entire slate was more than just the product of a large turnout. Unlike in the last Municipal Election in 2017, Republicans turned out in large numbers to support their candidates. It was the hard work of our candidates and their campaigns that pushed us over the top.
Our DTC held multiple Days of Action, where members and volunteers spent hours writing postcards, knocking doors, and making phone calls targeting infrequent Democratic voters and unaffiliated voters who lean left. The committee worked hard to generate a greater awareness of our candidates and increased voter turnout here in Redding.
The events of the past couple of months have helped us work together to elect candidates who will reflect the values of our community. And, the positive results of this election will have a lasting impact on the future of Connecticut. Thanks for your dedication and hard work in support of our Democratic ideals.
Mike D’Agostino, DTC Chair