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Opinion: Republicans swing and miss in the 4th and 5th congressional districts

Susan Bigelow
Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

On a night where Democrats got tossed out of Congress all over the country, Connecticut’s five Democrats held firm. How did that happen, and can Republicans ever hope to win a Connecticut congressional seat again?

In three of the districts, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, Reps. John Larson, Joe Courtney, and Rosa DeLauro rolled to easy wins. In the other two districts things were more closely fought, so let’s examine them to see how it all worked out.

The 4th District

What happens when a Fairfield County Republican runs against an incumbent Democrat four years after he’d lost to the man the first time? Let’s ask former State Sen. Dan Debicella, who lost to Rep. Jim Himes in the 4th District race again this year.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

 

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