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Connecticut Republican Foley Concedes Governor’s Race to Malloy

Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Republican Tom Foley conceded the race for Connecticut governor to Democrat Dan Malloy, saying he wouldn’t challenge Nov. 2 voting irregularities in Bridgeport, the state’s biggest city.

“The election on Tuesday was a conclusive victory for Dan Malloy and should not be contested,” Foley, 58, said in Hartford during a press briefing webcast by NBCNewYork.com. “Everybody can be comfortable with the result of the election and that the next governor was legitimately elected,” he said.

Malloy, 55, won by 5,637 votes, enough to avoid a mandatory recount, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz said last week, citing unofficial results. Malloy will be the first Democrat to hold the state’s top office in 20 years, succeeding Republican Jodi Rell, 63, who didn’t seek re-election. Foley refused to concede last week, questioning the vote in Bridgeport.

Because some precincts ran short of printed ballots, Bysiewicz, a Democrat, asked for a court order to keep polling places in Bridgeport open for an extra two hours. Some voters were given photocopied ballots to use. Earlier today, the state’s Republican Party sought federal and state investigations into how votes were cast and counted in the city.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ashley Lutz in New York at alutz8@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net

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