HARTFORD, Conn. – Republican primary voters handed Greenwich Republican Tom Foley his second consecutive gubernatorial nomination Tuesday, setting up a rematch between Foley and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
A last-minute surge and strong support in Fairfield County were not enough to save Foley’s primary opponent, Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield. McKinney lacked the Foley’s name recognition and the longtime state senator representing Newtown may have suffered opposition among GOP voters for his support of gun control legislation passed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
During a televised debate Sunday, the two promised to endorse each other no matter what happened Tuesday. When McKinney called Foley he pledged his support Foley during a phone call around 9:30 p.m.
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