Vote Tuesday! Republicans, Democrats Head to the Polls for Aug. 14 Primary

Here's all the information you need to know about the Connecticut political primaries on Tuesday, including poll information, who the candidates are and where the campaign gatherings will be on Tuesday.

Registered Republicans and Democrats in Connecticut can vote in primaries in their respective parties on Tuesday, Aug. 14, for candidates running in state and federal elections.

Polls open across the state at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

While registered voters can't switch their party affiliation at this point, unaffiliated or unregistered voters can register by noon today to vote in either primary.

Poll Locations

                Locations 1 Robertson School    65 North School Street 2 Manchester High School    Brookfield Street Entrance 3 Buckley School    250 Vernon Street 4 Waddell School    163 Broad Street 5 Senior Citizens Center    549 Middle Turnpike East 6             Martin School                  140 Dartmouth Road 7 Keeney School    179 Keeney Street 8 Verplanck School    126 Olcott Street

U.S. Senate Primary

All Connecticut residents, either Republicans or Democrats, who vote in Tuesday's primary will choose between two candidates in their respective parties for the open U.S. Senate race.

This is the seat currently held by U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, a former Democrat-turned-Independent who is retiring. 


  • , current congressman from the Fifth District, the party's endorsed candidate and a Cheshire resident.


  • Linda E. McMahon, a former CEO Of WWE, the party's endorsed candidate and Greenwich resident.
  • , former congressman from the 4th Congressional District in Fairfield County and a resident of Bridgeport.

First Congressional District

There is no primary in the First Congressional District this year. For the Democrats, the endorsed candidate is incumbent , of East Hartford, and the Republican challenger this year is , a Republican businessman from West Hartford.

Where The Candidates Will Gather

The candidates will all rendezvous with their campaign staffs during Tuesday evening at hotels, restaurants and other venues, to watch as the returns from the primary are called in.

These campaign gatherings happen around the time the polls close, at 8 p.m., and supporters and local reporters will likely show up too.

Here’s a breakdown on where each candidate is expected to be after the votes are called in:

U.S. Senate

  • Murphy Campaign: Omni Hotel, 155 Temple St., New Haven
  • Bysiewicz Campaign: Mattabesett Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown (Bysiewicz expected to address supporters at 8:30 p.m.)
  • McMahon Campaign: Hilton Stamford Hotel, 1 Stamford Place, Stamford
  • Shays Campaign: Campaign Headquarters, 2013 Main St., Stratford

First Congressional District

  • Larson Campaign: A spokesman said there were no plans for any events Tuesday. 
  • Decker Campaign: Did not return messages seeking information.

13th Assembly District 

Editor's Note: There will be a primary Aug. 14 to decide the Democratic candidate for the 13th Assembly District, which encompasses Manchester and Glastonbury. 

Joe Diminico (D): A lifelong Manchester resident,  is a graduate of East Catholic High School and had a 25-year career with the town of Manchester, retiring as Program Director of the Manchester Senior Center. 

Tom Gullotta (D): A Glastonbury resident,  is the C.E.O. of a children’s mental health and social service agency that employs 175 human service professionals. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Eastern Connecticut State University's psychology and education departments. 


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