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November 11, 2018

Democrats make surprising inroads in GOP’s Fairfield County

For years, wealthy sections of Connecticut’s Fairfield County appeared unwinnable for Democrats. But that all changed with the 2018 election.

Democrats managed to defeat Republicans in districts they haven’t held in recent memory, including state Senate and Representative seats in Greenwich. That’s the home of Connecticut’s new governor-elect, wealthy businessman Ned Lamont, who became the first Democrat since 1876 elected to an open governor’s seat in Connecticut and who has succeeded a fellow Democrat.

Party leaders appeared somewhat surprised by the level of their success.

“It’s not a seat we’ve ever had or come close to having,” Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney said of the 36th Senate District, which includes Greenwich, New Canaan and parts of Stamford. Greenwich attorney Alexandria “Alex” Bergstein, a former Republican, defeated five-term incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Frantz by more than 600 votes. The seat was last held by a Democrat in 1930. The party also won Greenwich’s 150th House seat, ending a century of Republican control.

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