Sen. Joseph Lieberman conceded to cable executive Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary for the Connecticut Senate nomination Tuesday night but vowed to run as an “independent Democrat” this fall.
With 94 percent of the precincts reporting, Lamont led Lieberman 52 percent to 48 percent, according to The Associated Press.
Lieberman, who was former Vice President Al Gore’s running mate in 2000, is seeking a fourth Senate term. Lamont, a former Greenwich city councilman, is running his first statewide campaign.
After telling his supporters that he had called Lamont to congratulate him on his victory, Lieberman said “We’ve just finished the first half and the Lamont team is ahead, but, in the second half, our team — Team Connecticut — is going to surge forward to victory in November”
The three-term senator said he was disappointed by the results but said he was more disappointed in how the primary campaign was conducted.
“The old politics of partisan polarization won today. For the sake of our state, our country and my party, and I cannot, I will not let this result stand.”
As expected Lamont eeked out a small victory against Lieberman in the Democrat primary election.
Now, it is “game on” for Lieberman v. Lamont.
If anyone thinks the primary campaign was dirty and nasty, stay tuned…..
And Ed Koch, former Mayor of New York City is with Independent Joe.
New York’s “Mayor for Life” and one of the country’s most prominent Democrats says he’s backing Joe Lieberman’s independent run for U.S. Senate.
“There’s no blood oath binding him not to run as an independent,” Edward Koch told NewsMax.
Koch predicts that Lieberman, running as an independent, would win the general election handily. He also noted that Lieberman would continue to caucus with Democrats when he takes his seat in the Senate.
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