Vote Tuesday: Republican, Democratic Primaries Set For August 14

Here's all the information you need to know about the Connecticut political primaries on Tuesday, including poll information, candidates and campaign party locations.

Registered Republicans and Democrats in Connecticut can vote in primaries in their respective parties on Tuesday, Aug. 14, for candidates running in state and federal elections.

Polls open across the state at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

While registered voters can't switch their party affiliation at this point, unaffiliated or unregistered voters can register by noon today to vote in either primary.


Poll Information

Report to your usual polling place to vote in the primaries. 

  • Middlebury:
  • Woodbury:


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U.S. Senate Primary

All Connecticut residents, either Republicans or Democrats, who vote in Tuesday's primary will choose between two candidates each in their respective parties for the open U.S. Senate race.

This is the seat currently held by U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, a former Democrat-turned-Independent who is retiring.

Click on a candidate's names to see his/her profile. Those without links have not yet responded to Patch's candidate questionnaire.


  • , current congressman from the Fifth District, the party's endorsed candidate and a Cheshire resident.
  • Susan Bysiewicz, former Secretary of the State and Middletown resident.


  • Linda E. McMahon, a former CEO Of WWE, the party's endorsed candidate and Greenwich resident.
  • , former congressman from the 4th Congressional District in Fairfield County and a resident of Bridgeport.


Fifth Congressional District Primary

The Fifth Congressional District race is one of the hottest political contests in Connecticut in 2012. It’s the only race this year with an open seat, because the current representative, Chris Murphy, is running for the open Senate seat.

The ballot is made up of seven candidates — four Republicans and three Democrats.


  • , a Torrington attorney and state senator from Goshen who gained the state GOP’s endorsement during its convention this summer.
  • Lisa Wilson-Foley, a Simsbury resident who has been involved in the healthcare business in the Farmington Valley.
  • Justin Bernier, a Farmington resident, former U.S. Navy veteran and executive director of the Office of Military Affairs under former Gov. Jodi M. Rell.
  • Mark Greenberg, a Litchfield businessman and owner of a non-profit animal rescue shelter.


  • Chris Donovan, of Meriden, the former House Speaker in the state's General Assembly, working families advocate and the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate.
  • , an attorney, former Cheshire Town Council member and state representative.
  • , of Kent, a former public relations executive and activist.


Where The Candidates Will Gather

The candidates will all rendezvous with their campaign staffs during Tuesday evening at hotels, restaurants and other venues, to watch as the vote returns from the primary are called in.

These campaign gatherings happen around the time the polls close, at 8 p.m., and supporters and local reporters will likely show up too.

Here’s a breakdown on where each candidate is expected to be after the votes are called in:

U.S. Senate

  • Murphy Campaign: Omni Hotel, 155 Temple St., New Haven
  • Bysiewicz Campaign: Mattabesett Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Drive, Middletown (Bysiewicz expected to address supporters at 8:30 p.m.)
  • McMahon Campaign: Hilton Stamford Hotel, 1 Stamford Place, Stamford
  • Shays Campaign: Campaign Headquarters, 2013 Main St., Stratford

Fifth District

  • Roraback Campaign: BackStage Restaurant, 84 Main St., Torrington
  • Wilson-Foley Campaign: Matthew’s Restaurant, 55 Mill St., Farmington
  • Bernier Campaign: J. Timothy's Taverne, 143 New Britain Ave., Plainville
  • Greenberg Campaign: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1284 Strongtown Road, Southbury
  • Donovan Campaign: Augusta Curtis Culture Center, 175 East Main St., Meriden
  • Esty Campaign: CoCo Key Hotel, 3580 East Main St., Waterbury
  • Roberti Campaign: Campaign Headquarters, 195 Grand St., Waterbury


Editor's Note: Every candidate was asked to complete a questionnaire, which we've linked to in this article. Not every candidate completed one.


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