No apparent front-runner in 2018 Connecticut gubernatorial race

February 27, 2018

With less than nine months before Election Day, a poll released on February 21 by the Hartford Courant has found that there still is no apparent front-runner in the crowded race to be Connecticut’s next governor.

In a poll of 1,000 likely voters, 26% of respondents chose the generic “Democratic candidate’’ for governor as their top choice and 24.6% chose the “Republican candidate’’ for governor.

Among the named candidates, the Courant found, the leader was New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart (R), at 15.2%; followed by Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (R), at 11.1%t.

The two Republicans were followed by two well-known Democrats who have run in statewide races: former Secretary of  State Susan Bysiewicz of Middletown,at 10%; and Greenwich cable television entrepreneur Ned Lamont,at 8.8%.

In a huge field, none of the other candidates exceeded 1% in the poll, the newspaper said.

Research contact: ckeating@courant.com

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