It was a night of tossups, and the constitutional offices were no exception.
Of the four constitutional office races, only one had been formally called by 1 a.m.
Democratic Attorney General George Jepsen declared an early victory over Republican Kie Westby, telling a small crowd at the Society Room that he was “humbled beyond words to serve as your next attorney general.”
State Comptroller Kevin Lembo declared victory shortly before midnight, but his Republican opponent, Sharon McLaughlin, said the race was too close and she wouldn’t concede until all the numbers were in.
Tim Herbst, the Republican running for state treasurer against Denise Nappier, whose race had been considered the closest, took the podium at the Trumbull Marriott just after 1 a.m. to announce that he was sending his supporters home, but he had not conceded.
“We’re up by 6,000,” he said, “We’re doing well in Metro Hartford, all of the battleground towns, we’re performing extremely well.”
Herbst said he planned on waiting up for the results and that he was cautiously optimistic. If he is elected, it will be the first time a Republican has held a constitutional office in Connecticut in 15 years.
Democratic Secretary of State Denise Merrill was locked in a tight battle for re-election with Republican challenger Peter Lumaj, which was too close to call at 1:30 a.m.
Merrill was busy all day with issues at Hartford polls. A judge ordered two polling places to extend their hours to 8:30 p.m. because voters that morning were turned away by voting officials who were waiting on the checklists from the registrar.
A spokeswoman for Merrill said she had gone home and would get the results in the morning.
Neither Nappier nor Merrill made an appearance at the Society Room where the Democratic Party and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy held their party.