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.
Democrats 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.
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.
That seat was held for five terms by Democrat Andrew Maynard, who did not seek re-election this year.
Key House Races
Other Republican House wins:
- Haddam's Robert Siegrist III defeated Democrat incumbent Phillip Miller, who had held the 36th District seat since 2011.
- Democrat Beth Hogan lost the open 37th District seat held by Democrat Ed Jutila since 2005 to East Lyme Selectman Holly Cheeseman.
- First-term Democrat incumbent Christine Randall lost her 44th District seat to challenger Anne Dauphinais.
- Retired Jewett City correction officer Kevin Skulczyck defeated the Democrat's Tracey Hanson in the 45th District, a seat previously held by Democrat Paul Brycki.
- Two-term Democrat incumbent David Alexander lost his re-election bid for the 58th District to Enfield pastor Greg Stokes, Sr.
- Democrat Anthony Di Pace lost the 59th District seat previously held by Democrat David Kiner to Enfield realtor Carol Hall.
- Windsor Locks attorney Scott Storms defeated Democrat Tim Curtis to win the open 60th District seat held by Democrat Peggy Sayers for 18 years.
- Democrat William Riiska lost the open 64th District seat held for 16 years by Democrat Roberta Willis to Canaan U.S. Army veteran Brian Ohler.
- Southington production manager John Fusco defeated Democrat incumbent David Zoni in the 81st District.
- The 90th District seat held for the Democrats since 1983 by the late Mary Fritz was won by Wallingford town councilor Craig Fishbein in a race with Democrat Patrick Reynolds.
- Seymour Deputy First Selectman Nicole Klarides-Ditria upset Democrat incumbent Theresa Conroy in the 105th District.
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.