TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst crushed former Malloy administration official Sean Connolly in the third and final round of a gubernatorial straw poll for governor, conducted by CT News Junkie, that garnered the participation of thousands of voters.
"I am thrilled our campaign demonstrated the tremendous momentum on our side and that Republicans will have a significant enthusiasm advantage in November if we nominate a proven reformer and Hartford outsider to take on business-as-usual under the Gold Dome," Herbst said.
"In order to defeat Gov. Malloy's chosen successor we need to nominate a battle-tested candidate who will generate enthusiasm by holding insiders in Hartford accountable and being a champion for struggling Connecticut taxpayers," Herbst continued.
Herbst defeated Connolly in the final round of the straw poll by a margin of 71 to 22 percent, out of 1,481 total votes cast. Independent candidate Oz Griebel received just six percent.
Herbst won all three rounds of the straw poll — each round lasted one week. The first round included 12 Republican candidates for governor. Herbst placed first with 25 percent of the vote out of 13,461 total votes cast. In the second round, Herbst defeated the second-place GOP finisher from the first round with 55 percent out of 9,871 votes to advance to the final round face-off with Connolly.