Whoops! 10,500 People in Conn. Voted for a Guy Who Dropped Out of the Governor’s Race

Connecticut’s two gubernatorial candidates, Dannel Malloy (center) and Tom Foley (right), with Joseph Visconti, who dropped out of the race but got votes anyway.
Connecticut’s two gubernatorial candidates, Dannel Malloy (center) and Tom Foley (right), with Joseph Visconti, who dropped out of the race but got votes anyway. –AP

In a show of either stubbornness or ignorance, more than 10,500 people in Connecticut voted for a gubernatorial candidate who dropped out of the race.

Joseph Visconti ran as an independent candidate, though the Hartford Courant noted that “it was never clear what Joe Visconti was doing in the governor’s race in the first place.’’ With the race between Democrat incumbent Dannel Malloy and Republican Tom Foley extremely close, Visconti, a conservative, dropped out on Sunday and told supporters to vote for Foley.

“If I can’t be governor, I want to help Tom be governor,’’ he told the Courant.

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But Visconti didn’t officially withdraw with the secretary of state, so his name still appeared on the ballot on Tuesday. And people still voted for him: 10,571 of them, with 97 percent of precincts reporting.

Perhaps those people decided they were going to vote for Visconti no matter what. Or maybe they didn’t hear the news that he wasn’t actually running anymore. Or maybe they voted via absentee ballot before he dropped out. Either way, Foley could’ve used those 10,000 votes: Malloy beat him by a margin of about 23,000 votes, with 97 percent of precincts reporting.

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