Updated: Roraback Wins Fifth District GOP Race

State Sen. Andrew Roraback was the clear winner Tuesday night as most of the votes were tallied.


Republican State Sen. Andrew Roraback took an early lead as primary results began to add up Tuesday night, ahead of his closest opponent, Mark Greenberg, by 1,382 votes with only a few towns left to report.

The other challengers for the nomination, Justin Bernier and Lisa Wilson-Foley, were 3,258 and 3,023 votes behind Roraback, respectively.

Roraback ended the night with 34 percent of Republicans supporting him statewide, followed by Mark Greenberg (28 percent), Lisa Wilson-Foley (19 percent) and Justin Bernier (19 percent).

Middlebury followed the state's pattern of voting:

Fifth District - Republicans

Andrew Roraback: 261

Mark Greenberg: 239

Lisa Wilson-Foley: 243

Justin Bernier: 77

Blank Ballots: 19


In Woodbury, Greenberg received the most votes.

Fifth District - Republicans

Mark Greenberg: 439

Andrew Roraback: 190

Justin Bernier: 136

Lisa Wilson-Foley: 95

Blank Ballots: 13


Roraback’s longtime best friend and fellow former State Rep. Brian Mattiello (Torrington, 1993-2001) read out the results as they came in to campaign party headquarters, Backstage Restaurant in Torrington.

As the numbers were slowly tallied Tuesday evening, Roraback won a majority of the towns, many by safe margins, though Greenberg was consistently close behind. Many of the areas where Greenberg was expected to aggressively challenge Roraback, Wilson-Foley was taking away some of the momentum, Mattiello noted.

“Greenberg and Lisa Wilson-Foley are eating each other up,” he said, watching the numbers.

“Sometimes your strategy is just to mitigate some of the loss,” Mattiello added as a few losses trickled in. “When they get to know Drew like we know him, they’ll learn to love him like we do, too.”

Speaking to a packed room Tuesday night, Roraback thanked everyone that participated in the campaign but warned them that the hard work was not over yet.

“The biggest reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more work,” he said during his victory speech [see attached video for more]. “This campaign doesn’t end tonight, this campaign begins tonight.”

“The president’s policies are not serving this nation well,” Roraback said during a brief interview after the speech, asking for his now former opponents’ help as he moves on toward the general election in November.

During his concession speech, Greenberg also thanked his supporters and said that they “might have fallen short in the vote, but we never fell short of our principles,” campaign manager Chris Cooper said Tuesday night. “I don’t believe he would have run his campaign any differently.”

Bernier campaign spokesman Joseph Ahearn said late Tuesday that his candidate conceded to a warm crowd earlier that night.

“We were in a four-way race with two self-funders — that in itself was an uphill battle,” Ahearn said, adding that it was a well-fought battle that the campaign was proud of.

Representatives from Wilson-Foley’s campaign were not immediately available.

Voice of Reason August 15, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Fifth District Republicans really messed this one up. They had the chance to put up an intelligent, accomplished family man of great moral compass and they chose someone else. This is not meant as a put down to Andrew Roraback, however, Mark Greenberg was/is far and away the best choice. It is a shame that Republicans always go on about what the want in a candidate and how they “have had it” with the incumbent political machine career politicians. Then, when they have a choice they loose their backbone and go with the status-quo. I support Mr. Roraback but am saddened that the voters have settled. I thank Mr. Greenberg for giving a better option with his decision to run. Perhaps next time?
joe_m August 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
66% of the voters, voted against Roraback. If a canadidate does not receive more than 50% there should be a runoff. Sadly, that won't happen,so, again, we loose.
Voice of Reason August 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM
@ joe_m. A runoff, an interesting idea for sure but as you say it won't happen. Then again, if candidates that have no chance would drop out instead of diluting the vote we wouldn't need to incur the expense of a runoff. In this race it was always between Greenberg and Roraback. The other two were there to muddy up the works. Hey, perhaps they can campaign together next time, slogan can be "To pollute and dilute (the vote)". o_0
joe_m August 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
We will never change things if we do not encourage people to enter the primaries. We need the largest choices to do this not party hacks "chosen" to keep things the same. 66% voted against Roraback and 72% against Greenberg. Pretty convincing that neither was supported by a majority. So we go into the elections with the vast majority of Republicans unhappy with their candidate. I don't know about you but I'm pretty tired of "hold my nose" voting. For Senate it's either a socialist party hack or a RINO. Not much different for the House. So, the results will be the same who ever wins.
Sean M August 18, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Greenberg would have won had Bernier not been in the race. Bernier had to have known he could not win and it appears he stayed in just to take votes from Greenberg. Roraback is the worst GOP candidate around in a long long time. I look forward to another blowout loss.


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