Jul 26, 2013
01:24 PM
Connecticut Politics

Elizabeth Esty Says Next Election Will be 'Tough', Already Looking for Support

Elizabeth Esty Says Next Election Will be 'Tough', Already Looking for Support

Elizabeth Esty's Facebook Page

Seven months into her first term as a U.S. Representative, Elizabeth Esty is gearing up for another tough fight.

A call for people to support the congresswoman in her bid for re-election in the state's fifth district next November was posted on her campaign Facebook Thursday.

“This race is going to be seriously tough. Republicans came after us hard in the last election- but we were still able to defeat them,” the post said, with a link to sign up.

Esty is right to prepare early. 

The Democrat edged Republican Andrew Roraback by less than 3 percentage points in 2012, and that was with Barack Obama atop the Democratic ticket. 

Given the likely dip in Democratic turnout in the district's cities, Republicans have targeted as one of the top pickup opportunities in the country, and likely the best opportunity of the five seats in Connecticut, all of which are held by Democrats. 

Litchfield businessman Mark Greenberg announced four months into Esty’s term that he would seek the seat in the fifth district for the third time.

Sal Lilienthal, a Republican from Kent, is also seeking the nomination. He runs his own bicycle tour company and is the co-author for the tour book “Revolutionary Connecticut.”

Roraback, who edged Greenberg and two other candidates for the GOP nomination in 2012, was considering staging another bid for the seat before being nominated by Gov. Dannel Malloy and confirmed by the state Senate as a Superior Court Judge.

Elizabeth Esty Says Next Election Will be 'Tough', Already Looking for Support

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