Registered Republicans across the statehave decided the GOP Presidential Primary. In Danbury, Mitt Romney garnered 557 votes. Ron Paul finished second with 94 votes, followed by Newt Gingrich with 75. Rick Santorum, who suspended his campaign earlier this month, received 60 votes in Danbury. There were also 8 ballots cast for the "uncommitted" line.
Danbury Republican Town Committee Chairman Sal Chiaffalo says the election will come down to the economy and who can create jobs.
There are a total of 25 delegates available for allocation based on the primary vote, 15 district-level delegates and 10 at large delegates. The remaining three include the state's Republican National Committee members - state GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola, Ridgefield state Representative John Frey and Patricia Longo of Wilton. All three have already announced they are backing Romney.
17-year-old Connecticut residents are eligible to vote in today's Republican Presidential Preference Primary if they will turn 18 by the day of the general election on November 6th. An amendment to Connecticut's state Constitution was passed in 2008 and this is the first Primary in the state's history when 17-year-olds will be allowed to cast ballots.
It was a contest marked by little drama and low voter turnout. The former Massachusetts governor made a campaign stop in Hartford this month. Despite the low turnout, Jerry Labriola, chairman of the state Republican Party, said he believes voters in the Democratic-leaning state will embrace Romney's message of economic freedom, fiscal responsibility and energy independence in a November matchup with President Barack Obama.