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Visconti will remain on ballot, 55 percent turnout predicted

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill (Hugh McQuaid photo)
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill (Hugh McQuaid photo)
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite his political endorsement of Republican Tom Foley, petitioning candidate Joe Visconti technically remains a candidate for governor, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said Monday during a press conference.

Visconti, a conservative unaffiliated candidate, announced Sunday he was dropping out of the race and encouraged his supporters to vote for Foley. Even with Visconti’s exit, Foley trailed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by 3 points in a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

Merrill, the state’s chief election official, told reporters that questions have been “pouring into” her office since Visconti’s announcement. She said Visconti requested that nothing be formally changed.

“We have spoken to Mr. Visconti and, regardless of his political statements regarding Mr. Foley, he has told my office directly that he is not technically withdrawing from the governors race,” Merrill said.

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One response to “Visconti will remain on ballot, 55 percent turnout predicted”

  1. Norwalk Sage

    Merrill is politically motivated to keep Visconti on the ballot since he’ll take more votes from Foley than Malloy. But Visconti should have made this decision a month ago.

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