During a New Haven victory lap, Connecticut’s new U.S. senator-elect predicted that the results of Tuesday’s elections could provide a moment of opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to avoid a looming “fiscal cliff.”

The senator-elect, Chris Murphy, stopped by Vito’s Deli on Center Street Thursday to say thanks to politicos who delivered a whopping 30,000-vote New Haven margin of victory in his election Tuesday over Republican Linda McMahon. He told supporters that he “knew I’d won” the election when he stopped by Lincoln-Bassett School mid-morning to see a long line out the door, even though polling places are usually quiet that time of day.

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