Republican Leora Levy received the GOP major for U.S. Senate in Connecticut on Tuesday and can now face Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) within the stable blue state’s normal election.
Levy, a Cuban American businesswoman, was successful the race by 11 factors with 42 p.c of the vote counted as of this writing, in accordance with NBC Information. The outlet referred to as the race about two hours after polls closed.
Levy gained last-minute consideration within the major when former President Donald Trump endorsed her final week. Trump praised Levy in a press release about his endorsement for having accomplished “a incredible job in life.”
The previous president mentioned Levy, if elected, would “work exhausting to Develop the Economic system, Safe the Border, Struggle for Vitality Independence, Help our Navy and our Vets, champion Election Integrity, Defend the Second Modification, and Struggle Violent and Vicious Crime, which is on the highest stage in Connecticut historical past.”
Levy’s prime rival, Themis Klarides, an lawyer and former longtime state lawmaker, took on a extra reasonable posture in the course of the race, significantly on social points.
Klarides carried endorsements from the Connecticut GOP and three centrist Republican governors from the northeast hall, Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, and former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.
In Trump’s endorsement announcement, he bashed the trio of Klarides backers as “3 of the Worst RINOs within the Nation.”
Levy now faces an uphill battle as she makes an attempt to unseat two-term incumbent Blumenthal in a state that voted 20 factors in favor of President Joe Biden in 2020.
Levy expressed optimism about her prospects throughout a latest look on Breitbart Information Saturday, saying, “We’ve an ideal alternative in Connecticut this cycle. The identical points which might be driving this election nationally are driving it in Connecticut.”
The Connecticut Republican pointed to 40-year-high inflation, the continuing unlawful migration disaster, and the “socialist inexperienced dream” taking place by the hands of a Democrat-controlled Washington as causes she believes the traditionally blue voters may shift towards the GOP this yr.
Levy mentioned her 76-year-old opponent is “the face of Joe Biden in Connecticut” and added that Blumenthal “has rubberstamped each, each unhealthy coverage that has created the inflation, the excessive power costs, the excessive crime, [and] the invasion on the border.”