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Connecticut voters choose Trump, Biden in final 2020 primary

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Voters on Tuesday rubber-stamped Republican President Donald Trump and former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden in primary elections in Connecticut, where officials were working late into the night counting large numbers of absentee ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Connecticut’s contest, which had been twice delayed because of COVID-19, marked the final presidential primary of the 2020 election season.

In addition to the presidential races, voters cast ballots in two GOP congressional primaries to determine who will face long-serving Democratic incumbents in November. In one of the races, in eastern Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District, the party-endorsed candidate, Thomas Gilmer, dropped out of the race Tuesday following his arrest in an assault case.

More than two dozen general election candidates for state legislature and registrar of voters were also being decided. By late Tuesday night, however, many races still remained undecided.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has said there were about 300,000 requests for absentee ballots, which is about 10 times the highest number of requests for absentee ballots for any election in Connecticut. Concerns about contracting the virus have recently been added to the list of eligible excuses for both the primary and general election.

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