[UPDATED] Romney Wins CT Primary by Landslide

Milford's low voter turnout mirrors results across the state.

No surprise here: Connecticut Republicans have handed Mitt Romney their support in a landslide victory in today's primary.

According to the Hartford Courant, Romney has secured 67.5% of the vote for the 96% of districts reporting results as of 10:30 p.m. Those results show the other candidates received the following votes:

  • Ron Paul - 13.4%
  • Newt Gingrich - 10.3%
  • Rick Santorum - 6.9%

All's Quiet on the Voting Front

It's a good thing poll checkers brought books and patience with them to today because it has been pretty quiet so far on this Republican Primary day.

As of about 8:30 a.m., about eight votes had been cast in the 119th district, and about the same in the 118th -- the two districts represented at the Harborside polling location.

"It's like watching paint dry," says Poll Moderator Rich Carey. "If we get 20% I'd be surprised."

Carey has been a moderator at various locations since 1975. Among his team at Harborside are Bette Petrucelli and Judith Pierce. The two poll checkers had books in front of them that they had just started reading. "We're ready for a long day," Petrucelli says.

The Original Report Follows:

With wins in several key GOP stronghold states and Rick Santorum dropping out of the race, Mitt Romney may have the Republican Party's nomination all but locked down, but that doesn't mean Connecticut Republicans shouldn't get out today to register their vote in the Primary.

In , 7,688 registered Republicans are eligible to vote today when polls open at 6 a.m. Assistant Republican Registrar Dick Dowin isn't expecting turnout to be high. He estimates that about 2,000 votes will be cast by the time polls close at 8 p.m.

"Realistically, Romney is the only viable candidate," Dowin says. "Anyone who was going to vote for Santorum is likely to stay home.”


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Milford Republican Town Committee Chairman Lisa Bull DiLullo hopes that isn't the case. Her expectations are for 100% participation.

"I expect every Republican to go out and vote tomorrow," she said Monday. "That’s the goal: full and robust participation in the whole process."

Despite the common public perception, "The numbers matter in Connecticut,” DiLullo says.

While Santorum is out and Romney is the front-runner, Republican voters will have their choice between four candidates:

  • Mitt Romney
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Ron Paul
  • Rick Santorum

DiLullo says, "I’m going to vote for Romney, for two reasons really."

  1. "I think he is magnificiently qualified, and qualification matters."
  2. "I really believe in my heart that he is very capable of beating Barack Obama. I think he is a highly electable candidate.”

New Polling Places for Some

The recent will result in a change of polling location for some voters today. Bowin says he doesn't expect it to be as much of an issue as it potentially could be come November when the legislative seats are up for grabs.

DiLullo is one of those who will be voting at a new place. The had sent her a letter a few months ago informing her of the change. She misplaced that letter, though, so she called the office to doublecheck.

"Everyone in that office is so accommodating," DiLullo says. "If there are any question about where to vote, call them up and ask."

We've attached a PDF that shows where each legislative district will be voting today.

Robert Jochim April 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Dear Republicans: To take back the White House in 2012, we need a GOP candidate who can pull the most votes away from Barack Obama and bring them to the Republican Party. We must rally around the candidate who is certain to get the most support from Independents, Democrats and Youth in the General Election. As has been shown in poll after poll, only one GOP candidate can do this. Only Ron Paul can defeat Obama. http://RonPaul2012.com
Angus April 24, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Dear Republicans, by all means, heed Mr. Jochim's advice. Run, don't walk to vote for Mr. Paul. All of us Democrats will thank you dearly.
Christina Durham April 24, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I'm glad you think that this is a joke, Angus. Probably why Democrats and Republicans are equally as ineffective at governing anything. This schoolyard bullying attitude is totally unproductive. Continue to ridicule the process and see where it gets us. Try voting for a third party for a change...although most are too close-minded to even read about what Libertarians, Green, Constitutionalists, et al, stand for. Expand your horizons a bit...you might learn something.
Angus April 24, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I'm not joking and am very down with the Greens. Love what they represent. Ron Paul, not so much.
Sarah D. April 25, 2012 at 02:20 PM
It would be nice to have a resource where you can look up by your address, where you are supposed to go to vote. By the time I had the chance to look, it was 7:30 PM and I couldn't tell from the town website.
Michael Brown April 25, 2012 at 07:51 PM
726 votes cast. There are over 7,000 registered republicans in Milford.
Gmoney April 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Ron Paul baby! So proud to vote for him Yesterday! At least we got basically 15%, I had two buddies with me, both denied voting because they were registered Independant. That's fair, & it's the rules, but it doesn't show Ron Paul's true support, which overlaps party lines & draws so many indies, new voters, young voters, &protest voters. Another thing..... Santorum took a lot of votes fromPaul & / or Gingrich, or even Romney, & he's not even running still...oh well... The Fight for Freedom continues.
Gmoney April 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM
We support Ron Paul for Liberty, the Constitution, & the rights that are protected within that apply to every American. Not for the sake of Socialist Democrats. Romney supporters support him, because the MSM has told them he is going to be the GOP nom. Why Conservatives listen to the left-wing MSM, & take their advice to support the Progressive Rino, Goldman-Sachs owned, father of Obamacare, is beyond me. Sheeple.
Gmoney April 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Care to ellaborate, explain?
Gmoney April 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Weak sauce. We NEED open primaries, or at least open to independants & new voters.
Bob Fawkes April 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Low voter turnout because more and more people are finally coming to the conclusion that the Presidential Election is a staged farce and that their votes really DON'T matter. Irregardless of who is elected the next President, we will get more of the same old, same old... http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2012/04/next-us-president-will-be.html
CuriousOrange April 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM
The farce in this presidential race is that money counts more than votes.
Michael Brown April 26, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Statistically, a person would be more often correct in believing 'my one vote doesn't make a difference.' But that misses the point. Voting is a completely practical exercise that takes you closer to a desired outcome. Call it a 'tactical move' on election day. It's what you do to the rest of the year that really counts. Finding and promoting good candidates, making the public aware of important issues in the community, and even protesting against the person you voted for to push them in the right direction. These are things that will truly make a difference when election day rolls around.
Gmoney April 26, 2012 at 09:11 PM
You should go to RonPaul.com RonPaul2012.com DailyPaul.com & even just check him out on Youtube.com/RonPaul IF he is elected President, he will change things for the better. RESTORE our Liberties, Rights, Responsibilities, & Prosperity is what he would do, by ALLOWING the people to do what we do best; Live Our Lives! Shrink the government from all angles.


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