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Republican Tom Foley conceded the governor’s race Wednesday in an email to supporters.

“We came very close,” Foley said.

He touted the gains his campaign made in Connecticut’s three largest cities, but admitted the campaign lost ground from 2010 in many of the other towns.

Foley attributed some of the loss to “relentless negative advertising” which he says “kept voters at home.”

However, based on early election results turnout was higher than expected statewide.

In the email, Foley, who didn’t concede early this morning but admitted to his supporters at the Greenwich Hyatt that he “probably lost,” thanked all the volunteers for their work on the campaign.

“I regret that I will not be able to deliver the dream you and I share for restoring pride and prosperity in Connecticut,” Foley said. “. . . We did not win, but we were on the field and fought a good game.  Our ideas will be on citizens’ minds as our leaders steer us forward.”

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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Jahala Grous, of Essex, wipes tears from her eyes while standing next to Paul Cody, of Killingworth, at the Greenwich Hyatt on Nov. 4, 2014. Both are friends of Lt. Governor candidate Heather Somers. (Douglas Healey photo)