by Craig Dimitri

The heated battle in the Conn.-2nd CD was deemed too close to call, heading into Election Night.   And even on Thursday evening, two days after the polls closed, it’s still too close to call.  Challenger Joe Courtney (D) is clinging to a slim lead of 167 votes (out of over 242,000 cast), over incumbent Rep. Rob Simmons (R), as of Thursday evening.   Courtney’s lead represents less than four-one hundredths of a single percentage point.

Thursday, the AP reported, via the Boston Globe, that a Connecticut official – Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz – had announced on Wednesday, that an automatic recount would take place, pursuant to state law.  The Secretary of the State’s office has the following numbers posted as the current results (although, as the Secretary noted, an automatic recount has already been triggered, due to the closeness of the result):

Courtney (D) 121,316 – 50.003%

Simmons (R) 121,149 – 49.965%

Total ballots cast: 242,465 – 100%

Of the 435 seats nationwide in the House, the Conn.-2nd CD is one of only three House contests, where no conclusive outcome has yet been determined. 

Connecticut Secretary of the State Statement of Vote –

http://www.statementofvote-sots.ct.gov/StatementOfVote/WebModules/ReportsLink/RepCongView.aspx?Parameter=11/07/2006-General

Simmons official campaign site – http://www.simmonsforcongress.com/

Courtney official campaign site – http://www.joecourtney.com/

Boston Globe article –

http://www.boston.com/news/local/connecticut/articles/2006/11/08/state_officials_say_automatic_recount_triggered_in_2nd_district/

Questions?  Comments?  Information?  You can contact Craig Dimitri at cdimitri1@yahoo.com. 

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