No surprises in local unofficial results for Tuesdayâ€™s presidential preference primary. Donald Trump was the Republicansâ€™ choice for a second term in November in New Britain and Joe Biden was the Democratsâ€™ pick for his challenger.
In New Britain, Emmanuel â€śMannyâ€ť 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 Connecticutâ€™s 1st U.S. Congressional District favor Mary Fay, the partyâ€™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.
Bristolâ€™s presidential preference results were not available Tuesday night.
Lucian Pawlak, New Britainâ€™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 Stateâ€™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 voterâ€™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 hadnâ€™t received them in a timely manner due to a mix-up by a third-party mail house hired by the Secretary of the Stateâ€™s office to send out the ballots.
New Britainâ€™s unofficial results for the Democratic presidential preference primary are:
Joe Biden: 2,995.
Bernie Sanders: 471.
Tulsi Gabbard: 57.
New Britainâ€™s unofficial Democratic primary results for State Assembly District 24 are:
Emmanuel â€śMannyâ€ť Sanchez, the party endorsed candidate: 864.
Richard Lacourciere: 594.
New Britainâ€™s unofficial results for the Republican presidential preference primary are:
Donald J. Trump: 599.
Roque â€śRockyâ€ť de la Fuentes: 31.
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