Joe Courtney

Connecticut's Congressional Democrats Sweep Election

Nov 5, 2014
Alison Freeland

Democratic incumbents in Connecticut's Congressional races bucked a national trend on Tuesday night, winning re-election in all five districts.

Fourth District

In the fourth district, Democrat Jim Himes won for the fourth time in a row. His Republican challenger, Dan Debicella, called Himes to concede the race late Tuesday night.

Himes' win over Debicella is a replay of the 2010 election, which Himes won with 53 percent of the vote.

Of the five members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation, Representative Jim Himes has raised the most money so far in this year’s election cycle. Representative Rosa DeLauro has raised the least. That's according to Open Secrets, a website that tracks money in politics.

Two members of Congress from Connecticut are pushing back against tea party Republicans who want to see the demise of a federal agency that provides help for US exporters. U.S. Representatives Joe Courtney and John Larson, both Democrats, held an event in Hartford on Monday to call on the GOP-led House of Representatives to vote to renew the charter of the Export-Import bank.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

By all accounts this wasn’t a pretty year for Congress.  Connecticut and New York lawmakers in Washington say they are as upset about it as voters.