On the heels of a new poll depicting him as a frontrunner in the governor’s race, Ned Lamont signaled to a New Haven audience that he won’t seek public financing.

Lamont, who’s “exploring” a run for the Democratic nomination for governor, spoke Monday before 40 members of the Yale College Democrats at Yale’s Branford College on York Street. He appeared in the same room as he did four years ago, when he rallied the young anti-Iraq War vote to help him snatch the Democratic nomination away from U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (before losing to Lieberman in the general election).

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