No surprises in presidential preference primary

Published on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 22:56


No surprises in local unofficial results for Tuesday’s presidential preference primary. Donald Trump was the Republicans’ choice for a second term in November in New Britain and Joe Biden was the Democrats’ pick for his challenger.

In New Britain, Emmanuel “Manny” Sanchez, the party endorsed candidate in the Democratic primary for State Assembly District 24, prevailed over Richard Lacourciere. Sanchez will be running in November for the state representative seat currently held by fellow Democrat Rick Lopes, who is running for state senate this year.

Statewide unofficial results for the Republican primary for Connecticut’s 1st U.S. Congressional District favor Mary Fay, the party’s endorsed candidate, over challenger Jim Griffin. The winner will run against Democratic incumbent John Larson in November. The district includes Bristol, Southington, Berlin, and Newington, however individual results by town were not available Tuesday night.

Bristol’s presidential preference results were not available Tuesday night.

Lucian Pawlak, New Britain’s Democratic registrar of voters, noted that official results will not be available for any Connecticut municipality until Thursday at the earliest, because absentee ballots still being delivered by the post office by then must be counted.

Originally, the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s office said all absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Aug. 11 to be counted. However, Gov. Ned Lamont issued an executive order Monday extending that deadline to allow ballots postmarked by Aug. 11 but received by election officials by Aug. 13 to be counted.

In May Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order allowing every eligible Democratic and Republican voter in Connecticut to vote absentee in the primary due to the coronavirus pandemic. Normally state law authorizes absentee voting only for specific reasons, including a voter’s active service in the Armed Forces, absence from town during all of the hours of voting, illness, religious beliefs, duties as an election official, and physical disability.

However, the widespread distribution of absentee ballots has not gone smoothly. Over 20,000 voters who requested absentee ballots hadn’t received them in a timely manner due to a mix-up by a third-party mail house hired by the Secretary of the State’s office to send out the ballots.

New Britain’s unofficial results for the Democratic presidential preference primary are:

Joe Biden: 2,995.

Bernie Sanders: 471.

Tulsi Gabbard: 57.

Uncommitted: 145.

New Britain’s unofficial Democratic primary results for State Assembly District 24 are:

Emmanuel “Manny” Sanchez, the party endorsed candidate: 864.

Richard Lacourciere: 594.

New Britain’s unofficial results for the Republican presidential preference primary are:

Donald J. Trump: 599.

Roque “Rocky” de la Fuentes: 31.

Uncommitted: 75.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 11 August 2020 22:56. Updated: Tuesday, 11 August 2020 22:58.