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Democrats Win Big in Manchester Elections

All signs pointed to a convincing win for Democratic candidates in Manchester Tuesday.

All signs pointed to a strong night for Democratic candidates in Manchester on Election Day Tuesday. 

Based on early, unofficial numbers from polling places, it appears that Manchester Democrats won all four contests in the General Assembly and the local Connecticut State Senate race in town. 

Incumbent Steve Cassano appears to have defeated Cheri Ann Pelletier in the state senate race that saw an influx of outside political action committee spending in the final weeks. The senatorial district includes Glastonbury, Bolton and Marlborough. 

"I can't be more proud to be a Democrat from Manchester," Cassano said during his victory speech. "They tried to buy Manchester. Thank you for not letting it happen and giving me the opportunity."

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In the 9th Assembly District, incumbent Jason Rojas appeared to easily edge Republican challenger Rudy Hrubala by a comfortable margin. The 9th Assembly District now encompasses the towns of Manchester and East Hartford. 

In the 11th Assembly District, incumbent Timothy D. Larson defeated Republican challenger Thomas Ogar. The 11th Assembly District includes parts of Manchester, East Hartford and South Windsor. 

In the 12th Assembly District, incumbent Geoff Luxenberg achieved a commanding win over Republican challenger Timothy M. Devanney

The 13th Assembly District race between Democrat Joseph Diminico and Republican Mark Tweedie was still too late to call Tuesday night due to problems with voting machines at a polling place in Glastonbury. The 13th Assembly District includes portions of Manchester and GLastonbury. 

ABG November 07, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Be ready for more increases in taxes
Greg November 07, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Mr. Cassano, wish you were "more proud" of the people who elected you yesterday rather than a political party as you stated. You do realize there were registered republicans who voted for you also, don't you? This time around, PLEASE vote what is best for those you represent not just what the governor tells you to or what your PARTY tells you to. We elected you your party or the governor didn't but I assume you realize that. Now go fight for constituents as you are charged to.
tina bourke November 07, 2012 at 02:19 PM
He rose above the street fight circus it had become and won on something lacking during the campaign strategies by the republicans; INTEGRITY!!!
Jim Perras November 07, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Steve has done a terrific job representing us the past two years and as a Manchester resident I couldn't be more grateful that he'll be representing us for the next two years. The next legisative session promises to be a challenging one and I'm truly thankful that Steve will be there to make the hard decision on behalf of his constituents and the good of all the State.
Greg November 07, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Jim I hope you are correct, and really feel Connecticut can only move forward if people not parties work together and fight not to raise taxes, something that will benefit the middle class. Steve Is a good man and served us well for many years he as well as all democrats just need to represent us not the governor.

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