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New Canaan Set To Vote In Senate Primaries Tuesday

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – New Canaan’s registered Democrats and Republicans will head to the polls Tuesday to decide who will be their parties’ candidates for U.S. Senate in November. Here’s a rundown of the facts you need to know.

Where to vote: 

District 1 voters will go to New Canaan High School, 11 Farm Road, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

District 2 voters will go to Saxe Middle School, 468 South Ave., 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Who's on the Ballot

Democratic Primary

  • Susan Bysiewicz, former Connecticut secretary of the state. 
  • Chris Murphy, U.S. Congressman

About the race: Politically, the two candidates share ground. Both have said they support marriage equality for same-sex couples and preserving the reforms made in the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”  

Both also advocate for reducing dependence on foreign oil by encouraging more energy-efficient cars and green energy production. The two also are running on plans to bring more jobs to Connecticut. Bysiewicz’s platform includes easing burdens on small businesses, rebuilding the state’s infrastructure and bringing more manufacturing here. 

Murphy’s economic plan centers on his “Buy American” program, a series of bills to encourage manufacturing and selling domestically made goods.

Who can vote: Only registered Democrats can vote in Tuesday’s primary. Voters must establish their party affiliation by noon Monday to qualify.

Republican Primary: 

  • Chris Shays, former Fairfield County Congressman
  • Linda McMahon, Greenwich resident and former WWE CEO

About the raceMuch of the talk in the race has focused on the economy. Both Republicans have spoken out against what they call wasteful spending and both have said they would work to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. Both candidates are in favor of lowering the federal corporate income tax rate, which currently stands at 35 percent. 

McMahon says her economic plan would have a positive budgetary impact of $1.7 trillion from 2013-21. One major component would be lowering the middle-class tax rate from 25 percent to 15 percent. She also wants to eliminate the capital gains tax for the middle class, end the tax on inflation, eliminate the estate tax, gift tax and alternative minimum tax and provide greater deductions for educational expenses. 

Shays believes his economic plan would create a 4 percent annual growth in the economy. The biggest factor holding back growth has been the Federal Reserve, he said, accusing it of mismanaging monetary policy and the dollar. 

Who can vote: Only registered Republicans can vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Voters must establish their party affiliation by noon Monday to qualify.

Check in with The New Canaan Daily Voice tonight for results. 


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