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Candidate Accused of Domestic Violence, Dropped Out Of Race, May Still Win GOP Nomination

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Justin Anderson Photo Credit: Justin Anderson
Thomas Gilmer Photo Credit: Thomas Gilmer

Early voting results indicate that a man who was arrested and then dropped out of the primary election for Congressional Second District could win the nomination.

As of Wednesday, Aug. 12, morning, Republican Thomas Gilmer, who had dropped out of the race on Monday, Aug. 10, was leading Justin Anderson by just a handful of votes:

Gilmer: 7,875

Anderson: 7,797

Gilmer, 29, of Madison, was arrested Monday, Aug. 10, and charged with first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree strangulation, police said. 

The Connecticut GOP confirmed Aug. 11 that Gilmer had been arrested and dropped out of the race.

The winner of the primary race will face U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, a Democrat, in the November election. It is not clear that, if Gilmer won, he would accept the nomination.

As of this morning, Aug. 12, almost all of the votes in the Aug. 11 primary had been counted, but tallies in the following communities had not yet come in: Andover, East Hampton, Hampton, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, North Stonington, and Preston.

The following is a break down of which candidate won which municipality (Results provided by The New York Times):

GILMER

Enfield

Vernon

Montville

East Lyme

Waterford

Coventry

Old Lyme

Killingly

Woodstock

Griswold

Stafford

Westbrook

Essex

Bolton

Somers

Windham

Marlborough

Putnam

Hebron

Thompson

Lisbon

Salem

Plainfield

Pomfret

Chester

Sterling

Deep River

Sprague

Franklin

Union

ANDERSON

Groton

Ellington

Colchester

Norwich

Ledyard

Clinton Stonington

Old Saybrook

East Haddam

Suffield

Haddam

Lebanon

Mansfield

Canterbury

Columbia

Brooklyn

New London

Ashford

Voluntown

Willington

Chaplin

Bozrah

Eastford

Scotland

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