Connecticut: The Most Overlooked Midterm Race
The majority of the country is fixated on the House and Senate elections with midterms approaching. Very few governor races are being covered by the media, likely because of their lack of national influence. The most notable race is indubitably the Georgia election, with Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams trying to become the first African-American woman to take the governor’s mansion.
Republican candidate Brian Kemp holds a small statistical one point margin, which stems from the liberal backlash of alleged voter suppression. Kemp is the current Secretary of State and his responsibilities permit Kemp to oversee the process of voting (with all due respect to Brian Kemp that is slightly suspicious). And now the Georgia Democratic Party faces heavy criticism after the Kemp campaign suffered a cyber attack.
A significant amount of the competition and intensity surrounding the Georgia governor election is likely based on the opportunity that the Democrats have to turn a right-leaning state into state held by the left. Yet, the GOP has an opportunity to shift the political core of a state that is in the Democratic center of the country: Connecticut.
Even those not living in Connecticut know the infamous Dannel Malloy. The current governor of Connecticut has the worst approval rating in the country (a staggering and embarrassing 14 percent). His greatest feats of sheer ineptitude include the removal of the two most powerful corporations of Connecticut: General Electric and Aetna. Although General Electric is going downhill with their stock in the single digits for the first time since the housing crisis, and Aetna is technically no longer a company after a merger, they undeniably had a remarkable effect on the state.
GE and Aetna donated a significant amount of money towards local charities, as well as paying substantial taxes. Now Connecticut has one of the weakest tax revenues in the country and such losses have created a massive burden on the working class. Malloy on his way out in a certainly disgraceful fashion. Malloy is a staunch Democrat and with the state Senate at an even 18-18 tie, perhaps a red wave is possible.
The candidates for the Connecticut governor election are practically polar opposites. Ned Lamont (D), is a former telecommunications millionaire who has standard liberal agenda, although aims to find new sources of economic growth. Bob Stefanowski (R), gave Donald Trump an “A” rating, which should say enough about his social policy. Yet his economic prowess looks promising, and Stefanowski plans to lower taxes by retracting money from the inefficient departments of Connecticut (he is a strong critic of the state’s DMV).
Connecticut, from a national perspective, is a stalwart blue state. All seven of our Congressional members are Democrats, with Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative Jim Himes being some of Trump’s most prominent detractors. Hillary Clinton blew out Donald Trump by a behemoth margin. The Republican presence in Connecticut’s national politics is minimal, and such a notable backlash to Trump’s rhetoric leaves Stefanowski reeling. Despite such anti-Trump sentiment in Connecticut, Stefanowski has closed the poll margins to a statistical tie, likely due to Connecticut’s declining economic state under the current Malloy regime. The Democratic governor is simply so unpopular that even Trump supporter can take the governor’s seat (I compare this to the Doug Jones victory in Alabama).
The effects of a Connecticut governor are greater than one could imagine. The 2020 census is approaching, and the governor is in charge of redrawing the district lines. A Stefanowski win can spark a surge of Republican prominence in Connecticut, something that has not been remotely leaned right in a long…long time.
After a close race, Ned Lamont won by a slight margin of one percent. The Connecticut GOP faced a staggering loss, losing only the governor’s seat, but the attorney general, the State House, and State Senate. It is fair to say that no such red wave will be occurring any time in the near future unless Lamont can replicate the failures of Malloy.
Noah Giglietti is a lead contributor for The Daily Lead.