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Westport Votes For Fawcett, But Senate Seat Goes To Hwang

Tony Hwang (center) with his wife and son at Flipside Burgers and Bar, where he gave his victory speech to a crowd of family, friends and supporters Tuesday night.
Tony Hwang (center) with his wife and son at Flipside Burgers and Bar, where he gave his victory speech to a crowd of family, friends and supporters Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Salvatore Trifilio

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Republican Tony Hwang of Fairfield was the victor in the hard-fought battle against Kim Fawcett to replace longtime state Sen. John McKinney in District 28. 

"This shows people want an honest campaign ... a campaign focused on the issues," Hwang said to a crowd of supporters at Flipside Burgers and Bar on Post Road in Fairfield.

The sprawling district includes parts of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.

Hwang took both Easton and Weston before the election victory was called by the Republican Town Committee, which did not announce the winner in Newtown and Fairfield.

Fawcett's only victory of the night was in Westport, where she won by about 110 votes over Hwang.

Hwang beat Fawcett, a Democrat, by more than 1,300 votes, according to unofficial results from Fairfield's Republican Town Committee on Tuesday night. 

Previously, Hwang served as a state representative in the 134th District, while Fawcett served Fairfield’s 133rd District for four terms as a state representative.

Results, originally thought to have been finalized at about 8:30 p.m., were delayed as a result of difficulties with absentee ballots at the polls, a missing memory card with ballot information in the Fairfield's 1st District and a hardware malfunction in Fairfield's 7th District.

Supporters waited until 11 p.m. to hear results and Hwang's victory speech, which drew cheers from a crowd of about 30 friends, family and RTC members.

"The voters of our community want better," Hwang said at the podium. "They deserve better and during this campaign we brought it to them."

All election results are unofficial until certified by the secretary of the state. 

 

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