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Governor Dannel Malloy claimed victory in the race for governor early Wednesday morning, but only by a razor-thin margin. Without final results, the best call he could make was, "We're going to win this thing."

Republican challenger Tom Foley, reluctant to concede, gave a speech announcing that yeah, he probably lost. Also still unclear: results of the races for secretary of the state, comptroller, and treasurer. 

It appears Republican Charlie Baker will be the next governor of Massachusetts, beating Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley. Baker gave what was short of a victory speech in the early morning hours Wednesday.

Massachusetts Voters Clear Path for Springfield Resort Casino

Nov 5, 2014
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Massachusetts ballot Question 3, which would have repealed the state’s casino law, was soundly defeated by voters Tuesday.

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Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy hasn’t officially won re-election, but he told supporters in Hartford early on Wednesday morning that, when all of the votes are counted, he’ll be on top. 

With a loss by Sen. Mark Pryor, the first Democratic incumbent fell in the 2014 midterms, setting off a chain of events that brought the Republicans a new Senate majority. The man who would lead them in Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell, coasted to a win in Kentucky.

McConnell was projected to defeat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by a 15-point margin, 56 percent to 41 percent, with almost a third of the vote tallied.

In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor lost to Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, a first-term member of Congress. Pryor has served in the Senate since 2003.

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Polls are closed across Connecticut. Results were estimated to take a little while as many races were tight.

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney has won re-election to another term in Congress representing eastern Connecticut. 

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Democrat George Jepsen has been elected to a second four-year term as Connecticut's attorney general, beating a Republican who accused him of taking too many companies to court and fostering an anti-business atmosphere. 

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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has easily won a 13th term representing a heavily Democratic swath of southern Connecticut. 

DeLauro defeated Republican James Brown, a high school teacher from Stratford. 

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Voters in Southeastern Connecticut faced a difficult dilemma in the state senate race, where the injured Andrew Maynard remained on the ballot.

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Secretary of State Denise Merrill said she will be filing a complaint on Tuesday evening due to what she called "gross dereliction of duties" by Hartford registrars. 

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A Connecticut judge ordered two Hartford polling places to stay open a half hour late until 8:30 pm on Tuesday because of Election Day problems, which Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy's campaign said deprived people of their right to vote. 

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With the latest polls showing more voters favor supporting Massachusetts’ casino law than repealing it, New England Public Radio asked people in downtown Springfield how they will vote. 

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Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, is making his first bid for political office in Connecticut. But the campaign has not been without some controversy.

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Now that election day is finally here, we'd like to hear how things are going at the polls for you. This year's race, one of the nastiest in recent memory, is coming to an end -- and your vote counts. Did you vote yet? Did you get a sticker? Check below for reporting from WNPR and around Connecticut as election day marches on.

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CPBN's Media Lab students stopped by Hartford's Bushnell Park last week to ask voters which issues matter most to them this election season.

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Democrats are working hard to get out the vote across the country, and that now includes a call-in from President Barack Obama to WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show

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Connecticut officials say polling places are busy and some problems have been reported as voters chose candidates for governor, Congress, the state legislature, and other offices. 

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Ever since 1778 when Thomas Jefferson, revising the laws of Virginia, wrote something called a Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, there's been an ongoing debate about how to make sure people know what they need to know to participate fully as citizens of this democracy.

As is so often the case with Jefferson, his ideas and words seem visionary and eternal until you poke around in them a little bit and then it gets more complicated especially vis-a-vis who he thought was really fit to lead the American people.

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It's finally here. It is Election Day 2014! For the last year and a half, the field of candidates for governor has been whittled down to Dannel Malloy and Tom Foley (again). Petitioning candidates Jon Pelto and Joe Visconti have come and gone (kind of). And this year's race will go down as one of the nastiest in recent memory. But it's almost over.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy was among early-risers who faced delays voting at Hartford polls. A spokesman for the governor's campaign said Malloy voted at about 7:45 am, 35 minutes after he intended. 

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Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said her office is "more prepared than they ever have been" for election day. 

At her annual press briefing before election day, Merrill said her office has learned a lot since the 2010 election, when Bridgeport officials didn't order enough ballots.

"We now have an emergency plan in every town for elections," Merrill said, "and that's something we didn't have four years ago. That's another result of the 2010 election. Every town has an emergency plan that tells you what to do if the electricity goes off, who's in charge, where's the copy room if you need to copy some ballots -- which is, by the way, protocol." 

A poll released Friday by Western New England University shows strong voter support for keeping the Massachusetts casino law.

The survey found 59 percent of  likely voters plan to vote against repeal of the law that legalized Las Vegas-style gambling and authorized the licensing of casinos in Massachusetts. Just 35 percent say they’ll vote yes on Question 3 on Tuesday’s election ballot.  Polling institute director Tim Vercellotti said the gap has grown since September, when a casino industry backed campaign launched a blitz of  TV ads.

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This election cycle, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information asked candidates to sign a pledge - to oppose weakening the state’s public document disclosure law, and to require that any attempts to weaken the law be subjected to public hearings and debate.  Only 10% of those to whom this pledge was sent have actually signed it, though. 

If you've enjoyed the battle for control of the Senate over the past many months, here's some good news: The drama could well spill over into next month — or even next year.

While Republicans are increasingly optimistic — and Democrats, pessimistic — about their prospects Tuesday, there are plausible scenarios that could have America waiting well beyond Nov. 4 to know which party will have a Senate majority.

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Kiernan Majerus-Collins is a Democrat from West Hartford. He's gotten two mailers from state Democrats and one from an outside organization, and they want him to know that they're watching his voting habits. 

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Latino voters are overwhelmingly more likely to support Democratic candidates than Republicans, but that has been changing in recent years. The national GOP has talked a lot about being more “inclusive”, even as voter ID laws in places like Texas seem aimed squarely at reducing the number of Latinos able to vote.

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Voting in one Rhode Island town next Tuesday won't be quick. The Providence Journal reports that voters in Barrington will confront 40 ballot questions proposing changes in how government operates.

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According to the latest Q-poll, a lot of Connecticut voters don’t like any of the candidates running in the upcoming gubernatorial election. But, they don’t have much choice in that race or any of the other state races that generally have 2 candidates -- maybe three if we’re lucky -- on the menu.

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Next Tuesday, November 4, Connecticut is among several states that will ask voters about changing elections laws. The ballot question on amending the Connecticut constitution is the "first" step towards making voting more flexible here.

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