A trickle of voters paraded in and out of Bloomfield High School Tuesday morning to cast their ballots in the Democratic primary.
As they entered voters were greeted by state Rep. David Baram of Bloomfield and Windsor Democratic Town Chairman Leo Canty, who are in a heated race of their own in the 15th House district. James Michel of Bloomfield is also running in the race.
Each hoped to be helped by the support of the two gubernatorial candidates appearing on the same ballot line.
In the last week of the campaign, Baram said he saw a shift to Dan Malloy amongst the 8,800 Democratic voters in the district. He said Malloy has the experience Connecticut needs in terms of budgeting. He said Ned Lamont is a businessman who hasn’t been “forthright about the cuts he’s going to propose.”
While he thinks there were some in the district leaning Lamont, the massive amount of negative literature they received in the last week has them questioning their support, Baram speculated.
Canty, who has capitalized on the row B alliance with Lamont, said he thinks Lamont will do better with a bigger turnout. A low turnout will come down to who has more friends and family, Canty said.
Robert Blinderman, 77, of Bloomfield said he voted for Lamont, but it was a last minute decision. In the end, “I liked who he chose for his running mate,” he said referring to Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman.
Windsor Deputy Mayor Al Simon, who was standing outside John F. Kennedy School in Windosr, said he’s supporting Lamont, but doesn’t think support for either of the candidates is solid.
“I hope Lamont wins because I don’t think the ways things normally work are working,” Simon said. “We need an outsider to make a difference.”
George Foster Bey of Bloomfield said right now he thinks Lamont is the best candidate even though his support for him if soft. “Lamont has come into his own and he’s the best candidate at the moment, others have been there too long,” he added.
Harold Fenton, 91, of Bloomfield said he like Malloy’s positions and he likes what he did in Stamford. “The fact that he’s Irish doesn’t hurt either,” he said.
For voters outside Rawson School in Hartford, where turnout has been fairly high, Hartford Councilwoman R. Jo Winch, said she’s supporting Malloy because he’ll be “accessible” after he gets into office.
“Accessibility after the election is a big concern,” Winch, who is also running for state representative in Hartford’s 7th district, said.
Phyllis Airey of Hartford said she had the opportunity to meet both candidates and she voted for Malloy because she liked him. “He seemed to be a people person,” Airey said. “He also seemed accessible and had a persona like John F. Kennedy.”
The Secretary of the State’s spokesman Av Harris said there haven’t been too many issues at various polling places throughout the state.
He said one polling place in Hartford opened 40-minutes late, three polling places in Stamford didn’t have the voting machines set up until 6:30 a.m., and Shelton expressed concern about running out of ballots.
Overall turnout is spares with some exceptions. Some towns have higher turnouts if they have more competitive local races, Harris said.