By: MARK PAZNIOKAS, KEITH M. PHANEUF AND ANA RADELAT
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared victory in the early hours of Nov. 5, in his bitter rematch with Republican Tom Foley, not waiting for his challenger to concede what Democrats described as an unexpectedly comfortable victory.
Malloy led Foley by nearly 12,000 votes without including results from the Democratic bastions of New Haven and Hartford, according to his campaign spokesperson, Mark Bergman.
The governor took the stage at the Society Room in downtown Hartford with his wife, Cathy, his three sons and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman at 12:30 a.m. and quickly declared victory, telling the exhausted but jubilant crowd, “I truly believe this is your victory.”
Foley followed 15 minutes later at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, appearing on stage with his wife, Leslie, and running mate, Heather Bond Somers, to acknowledge his second try for governor was probably ending in defeat. But he stopped short of making a formal concession or congratulating Malloy.