GOP strong in town, but Clinton beats Trump here
DARIEN — Voter turnout was high and steady as voters came out on Election Day to cast their ballots in federal, state and local elections.
As she left her polling location at town hall, Betty Cordellos, a Darien resident, said she came out to vote for the issues she cares about.
“There’s a lot of issues I’m concerned about and I want to make sure the right people are there to make the right decisions,” she said.
Darien residents voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton 5,942 times compared to 4,625 votes for Republican Donald Trump, according to unofficial results. Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson combined received 666 votes.
For the U.S. Senate, Darien voted for Republican Rep. Dan Carter over incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D, though Blumenthal took the election. Darien also voted for Republican John Shaban in the state’s fourth Congressional district race, but incumbent Democrat Rep. Jim Himes won the election.
Darienites also voted primarily for challenger Greg Ehlers, a Republican, over incumbent state Sen. Bob Duff, D-25. Ehlers received 5,136 votes in Darien, nearly double Duff’s 2,386, but in the wider race for the 25th District, Duff was ultimately re-elected. Residents also voted for Republican Gino C. Bottino, who received two times the votes in town as incumbent state Sen. Carlo Leone, D-27, who retained his seat as well.
The races for state representatives swung more in Darien’s favor and the town helped elect the victor, incumbent Terrie Wood, R-141, over Democrat Randy Klein. William Tong, R-147, was reelected after running unopposed.
Town races were similarly unopposed, as Democrat Susan K. Grey and Republican John J. Visi were elected as registrars of voters for their respective parties after running unopposed. Christa McNamara, Tara B. Ochman and D. Jill McCammon were all voted on to the three open seats on the Board of Education.
As for the Representative Town Meeting, 41 new members were elected, including four write-in candidates. There are still 21 open seats available that could be filled via a caucus process later this year.
According to polling officials, there was an influx of voters in the early morning between 6 and 7 a.m. before giving way to a steady stream of voters throughout the day.
“We had lines at every single door when we opened them,” said Visi, who was reelected as registrar.
Thirty percent of registered voters in town had voted by 10 a.m. and early turnout was remarkably similar to the early numbers of the last presidential election four years ago. Some polling locations even reported they ran out of the popular “I voted” stickers. However, overall, voter turnout was expected to be close to 90 percent but fell well-short of the mark.