HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut Treasurer Denise Nappier is in a neck-and-neck race against Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst in her bid for a fifth term.
With 89% of precincts reporting, according to election results, Democrat Nappier and Republican Tim Herbst each had 50%, though Nappier was leading by 2,135 votes.
The governor's race was also tight, with incumbent Democrat Dannel Molloy edging Republican businessman Tom Foley.
Election results were tallied more slowly throughout the state. Two Hartford precincts stayed open an extra half-hour Tuesday night by order of a judge. Some voters were turned away at 6 a.m. opening time because voter registration lists had yet to arrive. A similar fiasco happened in the last gubernatorial election in this state when Bridgeport ran out of paper ballots late in the day.
Nappier, a former Hartford city treasurer, is the first African-American woman elected state treasurer in the U.S. and the first such woman elected statewide in Connecticut.