Lieberman Projected To Win Senate Race
9:14 PM EST, November 7, 2006
By JOANN KLIMKIEWICZ, The Hartford Courant
In a race watched closely by the nation as a
referendum on the war in Iraq, early returns show
Democratic Senate nominee Ned Lamont with 41 percent
to Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman's 47 percent, with 9
precincts reporting, the Associated Press reports.
Republican Alan Schlesinger trailed with 10 percent.
Based on those results and exit polling, the
Associated Press has declared Lieberman the likely
Lamont, 52, a first-time candidate for statewide
office, entered the race as a long-shot candidate on
an anti-war platform. He won a bitter primary against
Lieberman, 64, a three-term incumbent and one-time
vice presidential nominee. Lieberman then ran in the
general election as a petitioning candidate.
Lieberman stunning loss to Lamont in the August
Democratic primary was considered a rebuke for his
support of President Bush's Iraq invasion . Polls
showed him entering today's election with a
comfortable 12-point lead.
Lamont largely financed his anti-war campaign. He
personally invested nearly $16 million. Lieberman
raised at least $17.5 million.
Also running for U.S. Senate were Schlesinger, Ralph
Ferrucci of the Green Party and Timothy Knibbs of the
Concerned Citizens Party.