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(excerpt from) The Bristol Press
Measuring the influence of the Working Families Party on elections
by Scott Whipple / December 4, 2010
Last Election Day, millions of voters nationwide frustrated with the current administration in Washington, voted Republican.
But not in Connecticut.
Here in The Land of Steady Habits, the Grand Old Party failed to pick up a single seat in Congress and fared almost as poorly in state elections. Former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy, buoyed by a surge of late votes in Bridgeport and New Haven, became the state’s first Democratic governor in a generation. His margin — a slim 6,700 votes.
What made the difference? Like most close elections, political observers were eager to cite various factors. In the gubernatorial race there was an unprecedented mobilization by union members, an increased voter turnout in the cities and what might have been the deciding factor — the showing at the polls of the state’s Working Families Party.
An independent, grassroots political party the WFP and its ballot line attracted 26,000 votes for Malloy — a much larger total than his actual margin of victory…
This election year, the Working Families Party [in Connecticut] endorsed 93 candidates in the state — mostly Democrats. However, the occasional Republican and independent also received the party’s nod. In total, 73 WFP candidates were victorious, including four who — like Malloy — would have lost their race without the votes cast on the Working Families line…