Updated at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday...
Nearly 10 percent of registered voters in Districts 2 and 3 have turned out to vote late this morning. By 11:30 a.m., 205 of 2,158 registered voters had cast a vote.
Poll workers said the pace was steady so the number likely exceeds 10 percent by now. District 1 does not have such a large turnout by this afternoon. Only 231 of 8,761 registered voters had cast a vote by early afternoon; that’s 2.7 percent.
Registered Republicans and Democrats in Connecticut can vote in primaries in their respective parties on Tuesday, Aug. 14, for candidates running in state and national elections.
Polls open across the state at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
While registered voters can't switch their party affiliation at this point, unaffiliated or unregistered voters can register by noon today to vote in either primary.
Ledyard Poll Information
There are three polling places in town:
- District 1 voters cast ballots at , 470 Colonel Ledyard Hwy.
- District 2 and 3 voters cast ballots at , 1854 Route 12, Gales Ferry.
State Senate Primary, District 19
All District 19 residents, either Republicans or Democrats, who vote in Tuesday's primary will choose between two Democratic candidates for the the open State Senate seat.
This is the seat currently held by Senator Edith Prague, D-Columbia, who is retiring.
- Tom Reynolds, is the current State Representative for the 42nd District in the House of Representatives. Reynolds is a Gales Ferry resident and the party's endorsed candidate.
- Catherine A. Osten is the First Selectman of Sprague and was endorsed by retiring State Senator Edith Prague.
U.S. Senate Primary
All Connecticut residents, either Republicans or Democrats, who vote in Tuesday's primary will choose between two candidates in their respective parties for the open U.S. Senate race.
This is the seat currently held by U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, a former Democrat-turned-Independent who is retiring.
- , current congressman from the Fifth District, the party's endorsed candidate and a Cheshire resident.
- Susan Bysiewicz, former Secretary of the State and Middletown resident.
- Linda E. McMahon, a former CEO Of WWE, the party's endorsed candidate and Greenwich resident.
- , former congressman from the 4th Congressional District in Fairfield County and a resident of Bridgeport.
Second Congressional District Primary
U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney remains the Democrats' endorsed candidate in this large district encompassing eastern Connecticut. He has no primary challenger in 2012.
On the Republican side, there are two candidates facing off in this year's primary:
- Paul Formica, the first selectman from East Lyme and the state GOP's endorsed candidate.
- Daria Novak, a businesswoman and executive consultant from Madison.
Where The Candidates Will Gather
The candidates will all rendezvous with their campaign staffs during Tuesday evening at hotels, restaurants and other venues, to watch as the vote returns from the primary are called in.
These campaign gatherings happen around the time the polls close, at 8 p.m., and supporters and local reporters will likely show up too.
Here’s a breakdown on where each candidate is expected to be after the votes are called in:
State Senate Seat, District 19
- Osten campaign: TJs Cafe, 191 Main Street in Baltic.
- Reynolds campaign: This campaign did not respond.
- Murphy Campaign: Omni Hotel, 155 Temple St., New Haven
- Bysiewicz Campaign: Mattabesett Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown (Bysiewicz expected to address supporters at 8:30 p.m.)
- McMahon Campaign: Hilton Stamford Hotel, 1 Stamford Place, Stamford
- Shays Campaign: Campaign Headquarters, 2013 Main St., Stratford
Second Congressional District
- Courtney Campaign: Courtney will be out of the state during the day of the primary.
- Novak Campaign: Campaign Headquarters, 141 Durham Road, Madison
- Formica Campaign: Flanders Fish Market, 22 Chesterfield Road (Route 161), East Lyme.