State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford), who originally said he was 90% sure he would enter the open Governor’s campaign next year, has now reversed course. Mr. Kennedy announced yesterday that he would not run, seemingly indicating that he will instead seek re-election to the legislature. Gov. Dan Malloy (D) previously announced that he will not seek a third term. In another surprising move, Attorney General George Jepsen (D) also said earlier that he will not run for the state’s top post. Six Democrats have announced, including the state Comptroller and two mayors. Nine Republicans are in the race, including several more mayors and state legislators.
Attorney General George Jepsen (D), who said he doesn’t want to go through the “misery” of running a campaign for Governor, will not enter the open statewide contest next year. Already six Democrats, including the state Comptroller and two Mayors, are in the gubernatorial field. For the Republicans, nine individuals have already declared for Governor, including an additional two Mayors and several state legislators. Democrats will be favored to hold the position. Gov. Dan Malloy (D) is not seeking re-election to a third term.
We have a new open Governor’s race on the 2018 election docket. Yesterday, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) announced that he will not seek a third term in office next year. The move had been expected. Mr. Malloy was twice elected Governor, but by very slim margins over former US Ambassador Tom Foley (R). This year, the Governor’s job approval ratings are among the nation’s lowest according to the Morning Consult 50-state Governor’s review. They find Malloy’s approval rating at 29:66% favorable to unfavorable, the third lowest of any Governor.
Several Democrats were already making moves to enter the race, including state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. and Middletown Mayor Dan Drew. Others are now expected to come forward. The Connecticut Governor’s race could become competitive, but the Democrats will begin as big favorites to hold the seat.
Yesterday, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew (D) filed a gubernatorial exploratory committee even though incumbent Democrat Dannel Malloy has not yet said whether he will run for a third term. Mr. Drew maintains that the complex and arduous state campaign finance system mandates an early start if a candidate hopes to raise sufficient funds to compete. Therefore, it is not a certainty that Drew will stay in the race if Gov. Malloy decides to run again, but will pull his political trigger if the Governor’s race becomes an open seat contest.
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