For the first time since 1893, Connecticut's state Senate will be evenly split between both major parties when the legislature convenes in January.

Republicans gained three Senate seats in yesterday's elections, forcing an 18–18 tie by unseating two Democratic incumbents and winning an open seat previously held by a Democrat.

ct-ga-2017_111416Democrats had controlled the state Senate since 1995.

The GOP also gained a net eight seats in the state House of Representatives, narrowing the Democratic majority to 79–72.

GOP House candidates defeated six sitting Democrat members and won another six open seats previously held by Democrats.

The Democrats unseated two GOP incumbents and won another two open House seats that Republicans held in the last General Assembly.

CBIA President and CEO Joe Brennan today called for lawmakers from both parties to work together to address the state's fiscal and economic challenges.

"On behalf of our thousands of member companies all across Connecticut, we congratulate the winners in yesterday's legislative elections, and thank all those who ran for office," Brennan said.

"Now that the voters have spoken, it is vitally important that policymakers work in a truly bipartisan manner to address voters' top concerns—the economy, job creation, and the affordability of our state.

"Connecticut has tremendous economic assets and we are beginning to see heightened focus on the state's challenges.

"By listening to voters and working closely together, lawmakers can solve the state's fiscal problems, restore confidence in Connecticut as a great place to do business, and make our state a leader in economic growth and job creation.

"The CBIA team looks forward to working with the new legislature and the administration to carry out the voters' mandate—to make a great state even better."

We look forward to working with lawmakers and the administration to carry out the voters' mandate—to make a great state even better.
— CBIA's Joe Brennan

Splitting the Ticket

Republican gains in the state Senate and House ran counter to the way Connecticut voted in the White House and U.S. Congressional races.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton easily won Connecticut, while all six Democrat U.S. Senate and U.S. House incumbents up for re-election won their races.

Twelve-term Democrat incumbent Joseph Crisco, Jr., co-chair of the state legislature's Insurance and Real Estate Committee, lost his re-election bid for the 17th Senate District to Ansonia business executive George Logan.

Meriden Republican Len Suzio, who had twice lost close races for the 13th state Senate District to Democrat Danté Bartolomeo, was elected yesterday with 51% of the vote.

Heather Somers, the Republican party's 2014 nominee for lieutenant governor, won the 18th Senate seat by more than 6,000 votes over former Preston state House representative Timothy Bowles.

That seat was held for five terms by Democrat Andrew Maynard, who did not seek re-election this year.

Key House Races

In the state House, Dr. William Petit upset 11-term Democrat incumbent Betty Boukus to win the 22nd District, which includes Plainville and parts of New Britain.

Other Republican House wins:

Democrat Christine Conley defeated first-term GOP incumbent John Scott in the 40th House District, while Democratic Groton town councilor Joseph de la Cruz unseated Republican state representative Aundré Bumgardner in the 41st District.

Democrats won two open seats previously held by the GOP, with Pomfret teacher Patrick Boyd defeating Nora Valentine in the 50th District, and Cheshire marketing professional Elizabeth Linehan taking the 103rd District over Andrew Falvey.