RESULTS: Trump-backed Leora Levy prevails in GOP primary Senate race and will face Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal in November

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Connecticut held primary elections on Tuesday. Polls closed at 8 p.m. ET.

Decision Desk HQ called the GOP Senate primary for Leora Levy on Tuesday night. In November, she'll face off against incumbent Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

The races and the stakes:

Endorsed by former President Donald Trump, Leora Levy took on two other Republican candidates, Themis Klarides and Peter Lumaj, who sought the Republican nomination for the US Senate.

She will face Blumenthal, a two-term Democratic senator first elected in 2010. Blumenthal won his 2016 race by nearly 30 percentage points.

Levy, who was elected in 2016 as the national committeewoman of the Republican Party of Connecticut, supported abortion rights in 2012 and criticized Trump in 2016 — positions on which she has since backtracked. In his endorsement, Trump spoke highly of the Cuba-born Republican.

"She will work hard to grow the economy, secure the border, fight for energy independence, support our military and our vets, champion election integrity, protect the Second Amendment and fight violence and vicious crime," he said.

Klarides, whom Trump called a "RINO," is a socially moderate former state House Republican leader who supports gay and abortion rights. She did not vote for Trump in 2020.

Lumaj, an immigration attorney who is a pro-Trump Republican who opposes abortion rights and supports gun rights, failed to clinch the former president's endorsement.

Two candidates, Michael Goldstein and Jayme Stevenson, ran in the Republican primary for Connecticut's 4th Congressional District on Tuesday.

The winner will face Democratic Rep. Jim Himes, who is pursuing his eighth term this year.

State legislative primaries:

Each of Connecticut's 36 state Senate seats and 151 state House seats was up for election on Tuesday.

 

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