Dannel Malloy

Ebong Udoma

First Lady Michelle Obama rallied the Democratic Party faithful in Connecticut on Thursday, urging voters to help re-elect Governor Dannel Malloy and calling him an "instrumental partner" to her husband.

Obama was treated like a rock star with screams and cheers as she appeared on stage with Malloy in front of a crowd of more than 2,400 at Wilbur Cross High School. But her speech was interrupted several times by some Dreamers - undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children - heckling her about immigration reform. That prompted this response from the first lady.

The campaign for governor in Connecticut is now in its final week and a number of national political figures are expected to come to Connecticut to help the candidates close the deal. Last night Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and his Republican challenger Tom Foley sought votes on opposite sides of state on Monday.

Foley campaigned in southeastern Connecticut with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie helped rally Republican Party faithful at a café in Groton.

The latest Connecticut gubernatorial TV debate was overshadowed by the elephant who was not in the room — Republican candidate Tom Foley. 

Foley was a no show at WVIT’s 7 p.m. debate Thursday night even though the station left a seat on the stage open for him until 6:45. Foley’s campaign spokesman said he was instead taping a segment for a Sunday talk show on a rival TV station.

That left the stage to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy and petitioning candidate Joe Visconti.

AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for governor in Connecticut, is expected to be a no show at tonight’s televised debate on Connecticut’s NBC affiliate. It’s the second debate in which all three candidates on the state’s gubernatorial ballot are invited.

He’s not taking part tonight because his campaign’s negotiation with the NBC affiliate did not go well, Foley said on WNPR’s Where We Live program on Wednesday.

(AP Photos/Jessica Hill, File)

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Connecticut’s gubernatorial race remains tight – with Democratic incumbent Dannel Malloy at 43 percent and Republican Tom Foley at 42 percent. 

With the race this tight, Quinnipiac Poll Director Douglas Schwartz says the conventional wisdom is that conservative third-party candidate Joe Visconti, who is coming in at 9 percent in the poll, is probably taking votes away from Republican Foley.