Isn’t that Governor Malloy’s end game?  This man seems hellbent on driving our state into the ground and taking his party with him.  So, it’s no wonder why more voters would support a Republican governor.

Tremont Public Advisors, a federal lobbying firm, says only one GOP front-runner actually stands a chance at beating Democratic front-runner Ned Lamont.  This is all according to their most recent poll.

It predicted that Lamont will most likely secure the Democratic nomination.  But, it found he’d have serious competition if New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart (R) squares off against him in November.

The service also found that Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (R) falls to Lamont, but earns a 5 percent margin over former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D.)

The poll surveyed 2,750 voters for their latest results.

Matthew Hennessy the Managing Director of Tremont, cautioned their findings sets nothing in stone:

“Polls are just a snapshot in time, but the picture is looking good for Erin Stewart and Ned Lamont if they are the nominees of their parties for governor in November.  […] Lamont’s string of endorsements and consolidation of Democratic party support is helping firm up his support in the polls. Stewart’s outsider status in a Republican field of male candidates attempting to gain the support of the conservative party base, is benefiting her with general election voters.

We already know this election cycle will be an absolute disaster because both parties have so much mud to throw at each other.  But, that might not even matter in the polls.

Connecticut voters say they want to vote for the party that will screw them over the least.  It seems that this year was the straw the broke the figurative camel’s back when it came to new policies.

Voters rallied against tolls because they felt the money would be mismanaged.   Opposition continued to grow until lawmakers killed the topic for the year because they feared for their jobs.

Does this mean that the leading party finally woke the sleeping giant?  Maybe.

It all depends on how taxpayers react to a new bill that pins the responsibility of fixing houses with crumbling foundations on every homeowner.   Lawmakers proposed each house pays a $12 surcharge to go towards fixing these houses instead of, you know, going after the people who constructed these faulty foundations?

So, we’ll see what happens next.

As of now, Tremont says the state will most likely lean Republican in the election.  It’s no secret that November will be explosive since both parties have unconventional front-runners.

Democrats want to keep control of Connecticut.  They like where they are and they enjoy the money and power that comes with it.  So, they want to present the people with a candidate that seemingly hears the taxpayers’ concerns.

That person is Ned Lamont, a fiscally conservative ans successful business man who will likely woo pro-business Republicans.

But, when pitted against the young Erin Stewart, he struggles with the numbers.

As of now, Stewart currently leads by a thin margin.  Tremont says voters’ vexation with Democrats along with her being attractive to female voters gives her that certain edge.  Currently, 46.2 percent of voters side with Stewart while 44.2 percent choose Lamont.

Mark Boughton, another strong Republican contender, fails to rally the same numbers.  Lamont leads him by 10 full percentage points.

Still, if the election was today, a generic Republican would likely win the race, 49.9 to 43.4 percent.  But, as we all know, that might change.

It all depends how our lawmakers will vote on the state budget.  Also, gain, if the senate approves the surcharge on homeowners and sparks the same outcry as tolls.

It all comes down to how our political leaders want to treat the taxpayer in the coming year.

The biggest gripe is that our political leaders lean on taxes too much and not enough on spending cuts.

This same frustration helped Lamont emerge as the Democratic leader.  His plan calls for fairness in the workplace and for policies that create jobs, not kill them.  He also sweetens the deal by calling for better wages, especially for a boost in the minimum wage.

On the other hand, Stewart announced plans to focus and assist small businesses.  She sweetens the deal by proposing the elimination of taxes that negatively impact growth.

As for candidates who still have a shot at the nomination?

Boughton supports eliminating the state income tax while Bysiewicz rallies behind legalizing weed.

So, simply put, all candidates picked a very strong platform to run on.  All of them realize the state’s finances need reshaping and that constantly leaning on the taxpayer stopped being a viable solution long ago.

Although, they could have the best platform in the world  but it all comes down to likeability and trustworthiness.   As it turns out, CT voters began shying away from experienced political leaders and expressed an interest in political outsiders.   The era of the career politician seems to be going the way of the dinosaurs in this state.

However, despite all this, we all have a good idea who will cinch the nominations for their respective parties.  The governor’s race will likely come down to Lamont vs Boughton.  That’s my official prediction anyways.

The reason I say this is because Stewart might come across as “too liberal” for the majority of our state Republicans.  Mostly because of her “millennial viewpoints,” such as being pro-choice.

But, if the GOP truly wants a Republican governor, they should listen to the buzz Stewar keeps generating.  She’s young, likeable, and runs a smurf-blue city.  On top of that, the smurf-blue city genuinely LIKES her.

The fact that she even won New Britain and still manages to work alongside a majority Democratic council should come into consideration.  But, that probably won’t even make a blip on the GOP radar because her viewpoints don’t exactly align with theirs.

So, point for the Democrats for putting party policies on the back burner,  But that’s because they want to win in Novemeber and paid attention to what the people want.

So, who knows what’ll happen after the primaries.  The GOP could surprise us and nominate Stewart, but I think Boughton is a safer option.  Ergo, Tom Foley 2.0.  The people didn’t want him once and still they ran him again because…??

Yeah, anyone know why they decided to run Foley twice?

Anyways, they shouldn’t fall into the “we want to run this person because they align fully with our party” trap this year.   The fact that CT fell into financial ruin at the hands of a Democratic majority and voters still want to stay blue this year is astounding.

So, if the GOP wants a Republican governor, they need to listen to the people and not just the party.  It won’t work.

That said, this election will be very interesting, that is the only certain thing about it.

The fact is, November is 6 months away.  So much will change between now and then, either good or bad.

Malloy might completely redeem himself… or he might purge his party into the bowels of hell.  Again, considering how angry he is at his fellow lawmakers, that could happen.

The man sure knows how to hold a grudge.  Point being: we might have a republican governor this year.  But we might not.

At this point of time, it looks promising for the GOP.

What about you, though?  Who do you think will wind up on the ballot?  Also, who do you want as our governor?   Tell me in the comments below!

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