As of about 9:30pm, though numbers were not final in the race for State Rep in the 149th district or 151st district, Democratic incumbent Steve Meskers in the 150th district received a call from Republican challenger Joe Kelly conceding the race.
“I’m thrilled and elated,” said Meskers, who was at a small gathering at the Old Greenwich Social Club with immediately family, campaign officials and members of the media.
“I wish my colleagues – I want to be there in Hartford with both of you,” he added, gesturing to Hector Arzeno, candidate for State Rep in the 151st district, and Kathleen Stowe candidate in the 149th district. And I think it would be the most meaningful thing for me to have people who represent our values as a community and a country. And I’m routing for both of you.”
“I don’t know if I’m going to share the ride with you every day,” Meskers joked. “But I’d love to have you come up with me.”
“We can go half and half on the gas,” joked Arzeno.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our father and we’re so grateful he’s having his second opportunity to represent his district,” his Meskers’ son Christian, 27.
“I wasn’t here the first time he won, so this is special for me. I was in school the last time. I was home this time for the campaign,” said Isabelle Meskers, 23, who returned to Old Greenwich from California in the spring. “We got to see him campaign, pivot, and figure out how to get in touch with people. And we got to talk to him about the issues our friends care about. We had intense dinner conversations all summer summer.”
“Steve did a great job for Greenwich in his first term,” said DTC chair Joe Angland. “I’m proud the voters in Greenwich recognized that and sent him back to Hartford to continue his good work.”
The other races were inconclusive by 10:00pm but at Republican headquarters Harry Arora, Republican incumbent in the 151st district and Kimberly Fiorello, Republican candidate for State Rep in the 149th district were both optimistic, thanking their families and their teams.
Arora was challenged by Democrat Hector Arzeno and Fiorello was challenged by BOE vice chair Democrat Kathleen Stowe.
“I think it’s still a case of ‘We will see tomorrow,'” Fiorello said. “I don’t want to be presumptuous, except to only say that I am proud to be a Republican. I am proud to be an American and to go through this process of doing more than just voting but to seek an office has been incredibly humbling.”
Fiorello said she was grateful to the Greenwich Police union for their early support, as well as the Stamford Police union, the realtors, the small business association and FIB.
“Let’s celebrate tomorrow,” she said.
As of 11:00pm, the preliminary numbers from the Registrar of Voters had not been emailed. This story will be updated when those numbers are available.
The third and final set of numbers will be released some time Wednesday afternoon or evening.
In the race for CT’s fourth Congressional district, Jim Himes, a Greenwich resident, declared victory early in the evening against challenger Republican Jonathan Riddle, though the vote totals were not available. This will be Himes’ 7th term. The fourth district includes Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Oxford, Redding, Ridgefield, part of Shelton, Stamford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton.
As for the Presidential race, Connecticut, as predicted went for Democrat Joe Biden. The Secretary of State’s website reported unofficial results: Biden Harris 302,397 (53.55%) and Trump Pence 253,340 (44.86%).