Ebong Udoma

Senior reporter

Ebong is WSHU’s award winning Connecticut State Capitol reporter.  He worked at the NPR National News Desk as part of NPR’s diversity initiative and he is a regular contributor of spot news to NPR.   Ebong has covered presidential visits and high profile political races such as former wrestling executive Linda McMahon's two unsuccessful bids for the US Senate. He has also covered several state and municipal corruption trials in Connecticut including one that led to the resignation of former Governor John Rowland. Ebong keenly follows developments with Native American tribes in Connecticut and produced an award-winning feature on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. He also covered political transitions in Nigeria in 1993 and 1999 for Pacifica Network News. Prior to joining WSHU in 1994, Ebong was an award-winning reporter with the Connecticut Post.

Conn. Senate Democratic Caucus

New Haven Democrat Martin Looney has been chosen to be the Connecticut Senate President in the new session that begins in January.

Looney is one of several leaders of the upper chamber of the state General Assembly selected by their members on Thursday.

He has served as Connecticut Senate majority leader since 2003. He is expected to be officially elected president by the full Senate in January. Looney will replace Donald Williams of Brooklyn, who did not seek re-election.

Looney said he’s honored to have been selected to lead the body .

AP Photo/Jessica Hill

In Connecticut, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy declared victory early Wednesday morning in his tough re-election fight. His Republican opponent, Tom Foley, acknowledged he had "probably" lost their grueling rematch but wasn't ready to officially concede.

Joined by his family, Malloy took the stage at a banquet hall in Hartford soon after midnight. He gave a victory speech to the roomful of supporters that was not quite a victory speech.

Ebong Udoma

A Quinnipiac University Poll released on Monday shows Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy leading his Republican challenger Tom Foley 47 to 44. That’s within the margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. This is similar to where the polls were on election eve four years ago in the first match up between Malloy and Foley.

Malloy won that race by 6,404 votes after a recount in Bridgeport. Just like four years ago, President Obama stumped for Malloy in Bridgeport two days before the election, highlighting the importance of getting out the urban vote for the Democrat.

AP Photo/John Minchillo

President Barack Obama came to Connecticut on Sunday to support incumbent Governor Dannel Malloy at a boisterous rally in Bridgeport.

Democrat Malloy is in a close rematch with Republican Tom Foley.

About 1,900 Democratic Party faithful filled the city’s Central High School gym to hear Obama’s closing argument for Malloy.

Ebong Udoma

On Friday, Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley downplayed the significance of President Barack Obama’s visit to Bridgeport on Sunday to stump for his Democratic rival Governor Dannel Malloy.

The latest Quinnipiac University released on Wednesday shows Foley and Malloy in a dead heat.

Foley, a Greenwich businessman, says he’s not expecting that the president’s visit will help sway the vote in Connecticut.