When it comes to the chaotic political landscape that defines the United States, it is important to understand that every state is important. At the same time, it is important to keep in mind that each state brings something unique, even compelling to the larger political world.
Connecticut offers a great deal. If you want to understand politics on a national scale, it is not a bad idea to brush up on the current state of politics in Connecticut. This means not only looking into the current political races that are being waged from one end of the state to the other. It also means understanding the current issues that are unique to Connecticut. Taken as a whole, you apply everything you might learn about these subjects to the larger field of national politics.
Looking Into The Senate Election
The 2016 U.S. Senate election for Connecticut will be held on November 8th, 2016. The election will be held concurrently with the United States Presidential election, in addition to other Senate elections, state elections, and local elections throughout the country. If needed, party primaries will be held on the 9th of August. Richard Blumenthal is the incumbent Democratic Senator. He will be running for reelection.
It is unlikely that anyone will challenge Blumenthal for the Democratic nomination. On the Republican side of things, State Representative Dan Carter stands on the declared side of things. Numerous individuals on the Republican front were flouted as potential contenders. In the end, names such as Jack Orchulli (withdrew), August Wolf (failed to qualify), Linda McMahon (declined) fell by the wayside. Dan Carter is likely to be the Republican contender who runs against Richard Blumenthal in the fall.
As of this writing, all major outlets are predicting a victory for Blumenthal.
Looking Into The House Of Representatives Elections
On November 8th, 2016, Connecticut voters will have the opportunity to elect five individuals to serve in the U.S. House. This will include one individual for each of the five congressional districts that can be found within the state.
The candidate filing deadline was June 6th, which means it has already passed. The primary election will be held on August 9th of this year, while the general election will be conducted on November 8th. Remember that the closed primary system is utilized in the state. This means that only registered members of the party will be able to take part in the primary proceedings.
The Democratic general election candidates are as follows:
1. John Larson (incumbent)
2. Joe Courtney (incumbent)
3. Rosa DeLauro (incumbent)
4. Jim Himes (incumbent)
5. Elizabeth Esty (incumbent)
On the Republican side of things:
1. Matthew Corey
2. Daria Novak
3. Angel Cadena
4. John Shaban
5. Clay Cope
How Many Electoral Votes Does Connecticut Have?
Through the 2020 Presidential Election, Connecticut will continue to hold their current standing of seven electoral votes. It is interesting to note that the state has participated in all fifty-seven Presidential elections. Having joined the union in 1788, Connecticut is invaluable in the present for its connections to the past. After all, it is one of the thirteen original colonies.
Although the state has voted Republican in the past, the last several elections have been overwhelmingly positive for Democrats. The state has gone for the Democrats for the past elections. This is unlikely to change anytime soon, although it is worth mentioning that Republicans have managed to close the gap to a significant degree. The state was 38.2% Republican for the 2008 Election. By 2012, it had gained two percent from the portion of the state that voted Democrat. While these numbers are not game-changing by any means, it does seem to indicate that the state can accept shifts to a certain degree.
Interestingly enough, the 2016 poll numbers for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump reveal that Clinton would come out on top. However, both Quinnipiac and Emerson College indicate that Trump would put up a decent fight with 40%.
In the end, it stands to reason that the state is going to remain with the Democrats. While the state certainly suggests it can change, and it has changed in the past, Democrats appear to be quite settled in for the long haul.