Two long-serving Democratic members of Connecticut's state House lost August 9 primary elections to political outsiders.
Soto, 35, founded the New London-based non-profit Higher Edge after serving five years as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Eight other incumbent lawmakers—six Democrats and two Republicans—survived primary challenges Tuesday.
Senator Terry Gerratana won 67% of the Democratic primary vote to overturn a challenge from New Britain Board of Education chair Sharon Beloin-Saavedra.
Gerratana, co-chair of the legislature’s Public Health Committee, has held the 6th Senate District seat since winning a special election in 2011.
In Bridgeport, site of four primaries, Senator Marilyn Moore defeated Bridgeport City Council president Tom McCarthy, the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for the 22nd Senate District.
Moore, who co-chairs the legislature's Human Services Committee, was first elected two years ago after defeating incumbent Anthony Musto in a primary.
Senator Ed Gomes, who needed a court ruling to appear on the Democratic ballot for the 23rd Senate District after losing the party's endorsement in April, won his primary race.
Eight incumbent state lawmakers—six Democrats and two Republicans—survived primary challenges.
Three-term representative Charlie Stallworth turned back a challenge from Bridgeport Board of Education member Maria Pereira to win the 126th District Democratic primary.
Representative Andre Baker, Jr., first elected two years ago, survived a challenge from realtor Charles Coviello, Jr. in the Democratic primary for the 124th District.
First-term Democratic representative Terry Adams turned back a primary challenge from attorney Dan Dauplaise in Stamford’s 146th House District.
Hamden Democratic Town Committee member Joshua Elliott won the party primary to run for retiring House Speaker Brendan Sharkey's 88th District seat.
Elliott won 54% of the vote, defeating Hamden Legislative Council President James Pascarella, the party's endorsed candidate.
State Representative Jay Case, one of two Republican incumbent legislators who faced primaries, defeated former Winsted Board of Education member David LaPointe in the 63rd House District.
Shelton Planning and Zoning Commission chair Ruth Parkins lost her primary challenge against five-term Republican incumbent Jason Perillo in the 113th House District.
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