Former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut, who came under fire for her handling of a sexual harassment case in her office.
The party’s endorsed candidate defeated two GOP rivals — Ruby Corby O’Neill of Southbury and Rich Dupont of Watertown — in Tuesday’s primary.
Santos has called President Donald Trump’s economic policies “dead on” and has vowed to fight tax increases and unnecessary spending.
He comes into the general election at a significant financial disadvantage. Recent reports show he has less than $500 in cash still on hand for the race.