The following Bottom Lines have been updated following this week's primaries in Connecticut, Hawaii, Vermont and Wisconsin
This is one of the most Democratic states in the nation, but Republicans have a shot at winning this seat being vacated by two-term Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy. The state is in difficult financial shape; the budget deficit is significant enough to trigger a law requiring the Governor to take cost-cutting measures, and major employers like General Electric and Aetna have decamped for more business-friendly states with lower taxes. The Democratic nominee is Ned Lamont, who won the primary with 81 percent of the vote. Lamont, a business, upset U.S. Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary in 2006 and then lost to Lieberman, who ran as an independent, in the general election. In 2010, Lamont made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The Republican nominee is former DFC Global chairman Bob Stefanowski, who won the five-way primary with 29 percent. The general election can be boiled down to whether Republicans can successfully clone Lamont into the next Dan Malloy, or
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