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Divisions Surface At Democratic Convention; UConn Eyes Search For New President

May 23, 2018

Ned Lamont got his coronation at this past weekend's state Democratic Party convention, as his last remaining rival for the gubernatorial endorsement, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, failed to collect the 15 percent of delegate votes needed for an automatic primary. But in other contests, it wasn't the exercise in party unity that Lamont attempted to arrange, especially in the race for lieutenant governor.

A push for more diversity near the top of the ticket helped propel Eva Bermudez Zimmerman to a surprisingly strong showing against Lamont's running mate, Susan Bysiewicz, who closed out a victory but not by much.

This week we dive into the primary battles ahead, both for Democrats and Republicans. And we ask, if primaries are inevitable, what purpose do conventions serve other than appeasing party insiders?

We also look at the legacy of UConn President Susan Herbst, who announced she is stepping down next year, as well as the odds of Connecticut cashing in on the sports-betting bonanza unleashed by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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