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Connecticut Republicans begin election season at convention

Republicans endorsed Bob Stefanowski as the nominee for governor.

LEDYARD, Conn. — Delegates descended on Foxwoods Resort Casino for the Connecticut Republican Party State Convention Friday night.

The evening kicked off with Bob Stefanowski receiving the state Republican Party’s endorsement for governor of Connecticut. 

Stefanowski received 97% of delegate votes with a total of 1130 votes over businesswoman Susan Patricelli Regan who received 36 votes. 

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This is his second run for Governor after losing to Governor Ned Lamont in a close race back in 2018.

“The people of Connecticut are so ready for change. They are looking for leadership. Leaders that aren’t afraid to take action, that will listen to the people and that will hold our government accountable and that’s what Bob and I will bring to the state.," said Rep. Laura Devlin., the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor.

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Convention delegates also endorsed Norwalk Attorney Jessica Kordas for Attorney General and State Rep. Harry Arora for State Treasurer.

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The convention continued on Saturday, where eyes were on the races for comptroller, Secretary of the State and U.S. Senate. Several hopefuls contended for the endorsement in each category. Former legislative leader Themis Klarides was endorsed by state Republicans on Saturday. Leora Levy, a conservative from Greenwich and the state's Republican National Committeewoman, and Peter Lumaj, a conservative and attorney from Fairfield, each won more than the 15% of delegate support needed to force a primary. Levy, who has raised more than $1 million, has made it clear she's not backing out.  

West Hartford Town Councilor Mary Fay was endorsed for comptroller. Dominic Rapini was endorsed as Secretary of the State. 

“Let's get together and turn Connecticut red,” Klarides told the crowd at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Elisha Machado is a reporter at FOX61 News. She can be reached at emachado@fox61.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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