Norwalk’s Vote Tally Shows Varying Support For Incumbents

NORWALK, Conn. – Both of Norwalk’s leading legislators won reelection Tuesday night, but the margins of their victories were widely disparate.

Statistics released Wednesday afternoon by Norwalk Democratic Registrar Stuart Wells show:

  • Incumbent Democratic state Sen. Bob Duff got 24,112 votes in Norwalk, while Republican challenger Jack Chiaramonte got 9,345, giving Duff 72 percent of the vote in the city. (Chiaramonte commented Tuesday night that he had lost Norwalk but won Darien.)
  • Republican state Rep. Larry Cafero, House Minority Leader, won reelection with 55 percent of the vote. Cafero got 5,222 votes in Norwalk, while Democratic challenger Kate Tepper got 4,412. Cafero got 926 votes in New Canaan to Tepper’s 468, according to the Connecticut Post.
  • Democrat Congressman Jim Himes got twice as many Norwalk votes as Republican Steve Obsitnik, with 22,575 votes to the challenger’s 11,046.
  • Democratic state Rep. Chris Perrone got 5,974 votes to Republican Joanne Romano’s 2,918 in the District 137 race.
  • Unchallenged incumbent Bruce Morris got 5,327 votes in District 140.
  • Incumbent Republican state Rep. Gail Lavielle got 2,740 Norwalk votes to Ted Hoffstatter’s 2,317 in District 143, which includes part of Wilton and Westport.
  • Incumbent Republican state Rep. Terrie Wood got 1,553 votes in Norwalk to 1,565 for Democratic challenger Rob Wemer in District 141. (She won reelection due to the strength of her Darien support.)
  • In the presidential race, Romney/Ryan got 12,773 votes to Obama/Biden’s 22,369.
  • U.S. Senate hopeful Linda McMahon lost soundly in Norwalk, with 13,008 votes to Chris Murphy’s 20,540 in the race to replace Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Cafero got 79.9 percent of the vote in 2008, the last presidential election. Duff got 74 percent of the vote in 2008.

Duff beat Republican Artie Kassimis in 2010 with 69 percent of the vote. Cafero won reelection with 59.9 percent of the vote over Democrat Anna Duleep.



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