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Republicans Win Races For State Senate To Represent Bethel

Republican Michael McLachlan defeats Democrat Kenneth Gucker in the 24th District of the State Senate.
Republican Michael McLachlan defeats Democrat Kenneth Gucker in the 24th District of the State Senate. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Dan Carter of Bethel lost his bid to unseat Richard Blumenthal in the race for the U.S. Senate.
Dan Carter of Bethel lost his bid to unseat Richard Blumenthal in the race for the U.S. Senate. Photo Credit: File

BETHEL, Conn. — Republicans won two State Senate seats and a seat in the State House during Tuesday's election in races affecting Bethel.

In State Senate District 24, Republican incumbent Michael A. McLachlan defeated Democrat challenger Kenneth Gucker and in State Senate District 26, Republican incumbent Toni Boucher turned back Democrat challenger Carolanne Curry.

In the race for the District 2 seat in the State House, Republican William Duff was locked in a tight race with Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan. They were competing for a seat previously held by Dan Carter, who unsuccessfully challenged Richard Blumenthal for the state Senate.

Republican Stephen G. Harding ran unopposed in State House District 107.

In local Bethel races, Democrat incumbent Nancy J. Ryan and Republican incumbent Timothy Beeble were re-elected as the registrars of voters.

Republican Daniel O'Grady defeated Democrat Sharon Wicks in the race for Judge of Probate.

For the U.S. House, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat, defeated the challenge from Republican Clay Cope of Sherman.

For the U.S. Senate, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, won re-election by topping Republican challenger Dan Carter of Bethel. Carter did not seek re-election to the State House due to his Senate run.

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