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Stefanowski Upsets Boughton In Republican Primary Race For CT Governor

Bob Stefanowski with his wife, Amy, and their three daughters. The Madison business executive won Tuesday's GOP primary election for governor. Photo Credit: Provided
Four of the five finalists in the Republican Party primary for governor at a recent debate. The primary election was on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Provided

Former General Electric executive Bob Stefanowski upset GOP-endorsed candidate Mark Boughton, the mayor of Danbury, according to unofficial returns in the Connecticut primary race for governor.

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  • Former General Electric executive Bob Stefanowski (R)
  • Greenwich cable television entrepreneur Ned Lamont (D)

With 90 percent of the votes counted, Stefanowski was leading Boughton by 29 to 21 percent.

There was a separate primary runoff on Tuesday, Aug. 14 in which Democrat Ned Lamont of Greenwich easily defeated Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, as reported here by Daily Voice.

Stefanowski of Madison has appeared in TV ads most of this year giving him strong name recognition since the start of his campaign. In addition to his executive work for several major GE divisions, Stefanowski worked as chief financial officer with UBS Investment Bank, managing $500 billion in assets across 35 countries.

The political newcomer bypassed the traditional GOP convention process, while calling himself "Bob the Rebuilder." 

In addition to Boughton, he defeated three other Republican candidates. 

It marked Boughton's third failed attempt running for governor. 

In his TV and Internet ads, Stefanowski promised to fix the state's fiscal woes and eliminate the personal income tax.

David Stemerman, who closed his Greenwich hedge fund to run for public office, was trailing with about 18 percent of the unofficial GOP vote.

A poll conducted for Stefanowski by McLaughlin & Associates in late July indicated support from 29 percent of likely Republican primary voters, ahead of Boughton’s 18 percent and Stemerman’s 17 percent, a source told the Connecticut Post in this article. 

GOP candidates Tim Herbst, a former Trumbull first selectman, and Steve Obsitnik, a Westport tech entrepreneur, trailed the others on primary election night. 

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