Lamont inching closer to all-time CT governor vote record

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Can Gov. Ned Lamont find 264 more votes, for the win?

Sure, he snagged a reelection victory with ease over Bob Stefanowski with 56 percent of the vote on Tuesday. Now he moves on the the champions round, gunning for the all-time record set by former Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2006. 

With votes still trickling in, Lamont remains just short of the benchmark. As of Friday afternoon, it's Rell with 710,048, Lamont at 709,784.  

"I think he should at least equal mine," Rell said Friday afternoon. "I wish him well."

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2022        Ned Lamont              709,784              55.9
2018        Ned Lamont              694,510              49.4
2014        Dannel Malloy          554,314              50.8
2010        Dannel Malloy          567,278              49.5
2006        M. Jodi Rell             710,048              63.2
2002       John G. Rowland       573,958              56.1
1998       John G. Rowland       628,707              62.9
1994       John G. Rowland       415,201              36.2
1990       Lowell Weicker         460,576              40.4
1986       William A. O'Neill    575,638              57.9
1982       William A. O'Neill    578,264              53.4
1978        Ella Grasso               613,109              59.2
1974       Ella Grasso                643,490              58.4
1970       Thomas Meskill         582,160             53.8
1966       John Dempsey           561,599             55.7
1962       John Dempsey           549,027             53.2
1958       Abraham Ribicoff      607,012             62.3

source: CT Secretary of the State

The former governor — the last Republican elected to statewide office  —  wondered whether votes could still come in.   

It's possible but the window is narrowing. Late Thursday, the secretary of the state's office posted a few thousand more votes. That should be a wrap, but the tally doesn't become official until later in November.  Can it happen? Two words: Bridge. Port.

Lamont still has hope for the record. 

Rell, the popular pol from Brookfield, took office in 2004 after her predecessor, former Gov. John G. Rowland, ran into a federal indictment problem and had to move out of the governor's mansion. Rell won her race for a full term in 2006 over New Haven Mayor John DeStefano by a 63.2 percent margin  —  edging out Rowland '98 for the modern margin record.

The all-time record for any Connecticut office is probably Sen. Richard Blumenthal, running in 2016, a hot presidential year. He garnered 1,008,714 ballot marks with a tally of 63.2 percent  — same as Rell's percentage record. 

Lamont isn't close to that mark, with 53.9 percent. But of course, he's close to the vote record because the state is gaining population and the share of eligible adults who vote is generally rising  —  although turnout in Tuesday's election fell far short of Lamont's turnout in 2018. 

In New Haven alone, Lamont collected 11,000 fewer votes this year than he did in 2018, as turnout in cities cratered.

Is there a box of ballots in a hallway someplace?  It doesn't work that way. So it looks like Rell's record is safe.