Vote Tuesday! Republican, Democratic Primaries Set For Aug. 14

If you are registered in either party, save the date; If you are not registered to vote, or are unaffiliated, there is still time to register. There is also still time to pick up an absentee ballot in person. Check with town clerk for details.


Registered Republicans and Democrats in Connecticut can vote in primaries in their respective parties this Tuesday, Aug. 14, for candidates running in state and federal elections.

Polls open across the state at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

While registered voters can't switch their party affiliation at this point, unaffiliated or unregistered voters can register by noon today to vote in either primary.

Check with Lisa Valenti for details about deadlines and requirements. The office is located at . Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 203-484-6015.

Here are the races that will be on the primary ballots for each party, along with some information about each candidate.

U.S. Senate

All Connecticut residents, either Republicans or Democrats, who vote in Tuesday's primary will choose between two candidates each in their respective parties for the open U.S. Senate race.

This is the seat currently held by U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, a former Democrat-turned-Independent who is retiring. 


  • , current congressman from the Fifth District, the party's endorsed candidate and a Cheshire resident.


  • Linda E. McMahon, a former CEO Of WWE, the party's endorsed candidate and Greenwich resident.
  • , former congressman from the 4th Congressional District in Fairfield County and a resident of Bridgeport.

Third Congressional District

There is no primary in the Third Congressional District this year. For the Democrats, the endorsed candidate is incumbent U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, of North Haven, and the Republican challenger this year is Wayne Winsley, a businessman and media personality from Naugatuck.

Local Primary

North Branford will also hold a primary election for the Republican seat for Registrar of Voters. The party has endorsed Paulette Hart, who will be opposed by Bryon Wentworth.

How to Vote

Polls will be open from 6 a.m.  to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Sample ballots for each party are attached as PDFs. Polling locations are as follows:

District 1

335 Foxon Road (Route 80) North Branford

District 2

1332 Middletown Avenue (Route 17), Northford


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Where The Candidates Will Gather

The candidates will all rendezvous with their campaign staffs during Tuesday evening at hotels, restaurants and other venues, to watch as the vote returns from the primary are called in.

These campaign gatherings happen around the time the polls close, at 8 p.m., and supporters and local reporters will likely show up too.

Here’s a breakdown on where each candidate is expected to be after the votes are called in:

U.S. Senate

  • Murphy Campaign: Omni Hotel, 155 Temple St., New Haven
  • Bysiewicz Campaign: Mattabesett Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown (Bysiewicz expected to address supporters at 8:30 p.m.)
  • McMahon Campaign: Hilton Stamford Hotel, 1 Stamford Place, Stamford
  • Shays Campaign: Campaign Headquarters, 2013 Main St., Stratford

Third District

  • DeLauro Campaign: A spokesman said there are no plans for any events during the primary.
  • Winsley Campaign: Wayne Winsley told Patch he plans on criss-crossing the state so he can show report to fellow Republicans who are facing primaries and to encourage voters to support Republicans this year. "I haven’t taken sides in any of the people that are facing primaries," Winsley said. "Really I’m in the enviable position to really sit back and see what happens."

More Information on Senate Candidates


Here is some information about Christopher Murphy from his website:

Chris Murphy is a Democrat representing Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. The 5th District stretches from just west of Hartford to the New York border, containing the towns of Waterbury, Danbury, New Britain, and Meriden, as well as the vast majority of Litchfield County. Chris was first elected to Congress in 2006, defeating 24-year-incumbent Nancy Johnson by running a positive, grassroots campaign. Since his election to Congress, Chris has maintained a constant presence throughout the district when he’s not representing Connecticut in Washington. Chris’ attentiveness to his constituents is well known – an article in a Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, said that Chris is “considered ‘omnipresent’ back home” due to his commitment to knocking on doors year round and holding dozens of supermarket office hours.

Here is some information about Susan Bysiewicz from her website

Born and raised on a farm in Middletown, Connecticut, Susan learned from her parents the values that guide her today: hard work, honesty, idealism and service to others.  Her mother, Shirley Raissi Bysiewicz, taught at the University of Connecticut Law School for 33 years and fought for equal employment opportunities for women. Her father, Stanley, served in World War II, ran the family farm and operated a small business. ... Susan was inspired to go into public service in high school after meeting Governor Ella Grasso.... She first ran for state representative in 1992 ... As a state representative, she won passage of laws banning gifts from lobbyists to legislators, making daycare safer and ending “drive through” mastectomies. In 1998, she was elected to serve as Connecticut’s Secretary of the State. Susan has won four statewide elections, including a tough primary election win in 1998, and received nearly 70% of the vote in her 2006 race.


Here is some information about Linda McMahon from her website:

Linda McMahon is widely recognized as one of the country’s top business executives, helping WWE grow from a modest, 13-person company to a global enterprise with over 600 employees headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. ... She spearheaded the creation of Get R.E.A.L education and literacy programs, including WWE’s nationwide Reading Challenge in partnership with the youth division of the American Library Association. ... in 2005 Linda was appointed to the organization’s National Advisory Council. ... Linda serves on the boards of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut; and the Close Up Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to educate and inspire young people to participate in our democracy. In 2009, Linda was appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell to serve on the Connecticut Board of Education. Since stepping down as chief executive officer of WWE in 2009, Linda has been active with her family foundation to support various Connecticut organizations and programs that promote entrepreneurship and education.

Here is some information about Christopher Shays from his website:

Christopher Shays represented the southwest region of Connecticut from 1987 to 2009 in the United States Congress. Christopher began his career in public service as a member of the Peace Corps in Fiji from 1968 to 1970 with his wife, Betsi. He was elected to the Connecticut State House of Representatives in 1974, serving for thirteen years before his election to Congress in 1987. He was appointed co-chair of the federal Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009. While a member of Congress, Christopher was a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform, Budget, Financial Services, and Homeland Security Committees. He chaired the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations, which played a major role in reforms following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The only Republican congressman from New England elected in 2006, Shays was consistently recognized for his knowledge, hard work, and ability to work with both sides of the political aisle to help resolve major issues confronting our nation.

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