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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says he supports state Democrats sending out a mailer for his re-election paid for with funds raised to help federal candidates.

Republicans and Connecticut elections officials object to the move claiming it violates state election laws.

The Connecticut Democratic Party said in a statement on Wednesday that they’ve received conflicting guidance on the matter from state and federal regulators. They said that’s why they’ve decided to proceed with the mailing based on the party’s “good-faith interpretation of federal law.”

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Connecticut Democrats say they’re excited to have President Barack Obama campaign for Gov. Dannel Malloy at a rally in Bridgeport on Wednesday. State Republicans are downplaying the significance of the rally.

In 2010, President Obama made one of his last campaign appearances in Bridgeport. The rally at the Webster Bank arena attracted about 9,000 people, and helped boost turnout in Bridgeport so much so that local election officials ran out of ballots. It resulted in Democrat Malloy defeating Republican businessman Tom Foley by 6,400 votes after a recount in Bridgeport.

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A number of national political figures, including President Barack Obama, are coming to Connecticut this week to help in the state’s close race for governor. Former President Bill Clinton will make an appearance with Gov. Dannel Malloy at a rally in Hartford tonight, and Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is expected to make an appearance with Republican challenger Tom Foley on Friday.

This raises the profile of one of the closest races for governor in the country this year, according to UConn Political Science Professor Ronald Schurin.

President Barack Obama is visiting Greenwich, Conn., on Tuesday evening to headline a fundraiser for U.S. Senate Democrats. Connecticut's U.S. senators will be there, but Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy will not.

Tom Foley, the Greenwich businessman challenging Malloy, questions why Malloy is not appearing at the $10,000 per person fundraising dinner with Obama.

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Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy's campaign is brushing aside an offer of a truce on personal attacks from his Republican opponent, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley.

During a contentious televised debate on Thursday night, Foley questioned Malloy's integrity, saying the governor had been investigated for corruption when he was mayor of Stamford. Malloy responded by questioning Foley’s business ethics and claiming that Foley had lied to the FBI about a 1981 car crash that had involved Foley spending a night in jail.

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