Joe Visconti

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy took advantage of petitioning candidate Joe Visconti's first appearance at a gubernatorial debate to criticize his Republican opponent Tom Foley's position on Connecticut's gun control law.

The debate between the three candidates took place at the Garde Arts Center in New London on Thursday night. 

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