UNCASVILLE, Conn. – State Rep. Penny Bacchiocchi won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor with more than 50 percent of the vote Saturday despite having to issue an apology to another candidate for accusations that he’d made an issue out of her biracial marriage.
Bacchiochi, of Stafford, won a first ballot victory during the Republican nominating convention at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville. Two other candidates, David Walker and Heather Somers, received enough support from delegates to run primary challenges. Walker is a Bridgeport resident, and Somers is from Groton.
Despite having been dubbed the frontrunner, Bacchiochi’s victory is nothing short of stunning considering that about 48 hours before Saturday’s vote she told WTIC’s Jim Vicevich that fellow Republicans were attacking her based on her biracial marriage. She apparently reiterated the statement to WFSB’s Susan Raff, who reported that Bacchiochi said it had been Walker making the statement, setting off a firestorm of questions from the news media and within the party.
But over the next 24 hours she avoided reporters and failed to substantiate the claim. Walker demanded an apology.
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