May 9, 2014
02:26 PM
Connecticut Politics

Republican Martha Dean withdraws from Connecticut governor’s race

Republican Martha Dean announced Friday in an email from her campaign that she has withdrawn from the Connecticut governor’s race.

Dean, an attorney from Avon, said she made the decision after the release of the latest Quinnipiac Poll results Friday morning. Only 5 percent of registered Republicans polled said they would vote for Dean in a Republican primary.

“My focus has always been on moving Connecticut in a better direction, one where freedom and government limited by the Constitution prevail; but today’s polling made clear to me that I can best assist in achieving this goal by means other than running for Governor and by helping whoever is the GOP nominee win in November,” Dean said in the emailed statement.

Dean, a two-time Republican nominee for attorney general, was a strong supporter of gun rights’ advocates and an opponent of the gun laws passed in Connecticut last year following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Dean also said she was running to stop the state’s out-of-control spending and to fight for the rights of parents.

Dean entered the race on March 11.

Dean’s departure from the race leaves five Republican candidates vying for the party’s nomination: Tom Foley, of Greenwich, who ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy four years ago; Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton; Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti; Fairfield State Sen. John McKinney; and former West Hartford town councilman Joe Visconti.

Republicans are set to nominate a candidate for governor at the party’s convention May 17 at Mohegan Sun.

“If it takes a GOP primary to decide who we, as Republicans, think is our strongest candidate, so be it,” Dean said in the statement. “We have excellent Republican candidates this year, and so it is especially important that Republicans avoid tactics that destroy those in our own party who represent Connecticut’s best hope in 2014 for correcting course.”

The Quinnipiac Poll results released Friday morning showed that 39 percent of registered Republicans polled would vote for Foley in a primary. 9 percent said they would vote for Boughton and 8 percent for McKinney. Four percent of the Republican voters said they would pick Visconti and 3 percent said they would vote for Lauretti.

Foley remains deadlocked with Malloy in a general election, according to the poll, at 43 percent each. Malloy would beat McKinney by 4 percent, and the other candidates by at least 5 percent, the poll results show. Malloy would beat Dean by 8 percent, according to the poll.

Republican Martha Dean withdraws from Connecticut governor’s race

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