Newtown Election Day 2012 Results

From polling places to results and reactions for all local and state races, we've got you covered on Election Day.

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  • Newtown Ballot Question Passes By Wide Margin
  • Bolinsky Just Edges Out Romano in 106th District
  • Hovey Romps to Victory in the 112th District Race
  • Elizabeth Esty Wins Fifth Congressional District Over Andrew Roraback
  • McMahon: 'No Regrets' in Second Failed Campaign for Senate
  • A Quiet Race for the 112th District
  • Carter Triumphs Over DeMoura in 2nd District Race
  • John McKinney Running Unopposed in 28th District
  • Barack Obama Re-Elected President
  • Barack Obama Wins Connecticut

District 1 District 1-5 District 2 District 3-1 District 3-2 District 3-5 Absentee Total Ballots Cast 405 21 405 199 167 45 29 1271


Romney 169 11 199 104 65 22 7 577 Obama 204 10 201 91 96 22 21 645 Anderson 3 0
0 0 0 1 0 4 Johnson 4 0
3 2 2 0 1 12

U.S. Senator

McMahon 164 13 195 97 64 15 5 553 Murphy 203 6 190 91 88 24 18 620 Passarelli 3 0 5 4 4 2 1 19

5th Congressional District

Rorabac 161 11 185 98 72 19 7 553 Esty 197 6 198 87 78 21 14 601

State Senator

McKinney 237 13 273 136 89 26 14 788

State Rep. 2


24 0
34 DeMoura

13 1 21

State Rep. 106

Bolinsky 159
177 97

6 439 Romano 191
195 87

10 483

State Rep. 112


77 Dombros

2 70

Registrars of Voters

Aurelia 177 8 206 104 77 22 10 604 Frampton 167 10 162 76 61 17 8 501

Charter Question

Yes 256 15 280 137 97 30 16 831 No 67 2 81 33 19 8 2 212

Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012!

Today, Newtown residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative from the 5th Congressional District, state representatives for the 106th, 112th and 2nd districts, and a state Senator in the 28th District.

See below for information on where to cast your ballot and the list of candidates. We've also included how Newtown voted in 2008, the year of the last presidential election, and 2010, the last mid-term election.

Read it over, then visit your local polling station between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to make your voice heard! And be sure to check back with Patch for updates throughout the day, including the announcement of the winners as soon as votes are tallied tonight.

State and National Races

U.S. Senate

Chris Murphy (D) and Linda McMahon (R) are vying for the seat vacated by Joe Lieberman. (Click on "U.S. Senate" for updates, results and reactions.)

Fifth Congressional District

Andrew Roraback (R) and Elizabeth Esty (D) are after the seat previously held by Chris Murphy. (Click on "Fifth Congressional District" for updates, results and reactions.)

106th District

Lisa Romano, a Democrat, and Mitch Bolinsky, a Republican, are both vying for the seat held by Chris Lyddy, who is not seeking re-election.

112th District

The challenger, Democrat Robert S. Dombroski, is hoping to unseat incumbent DebraLee Hovey, a Republican.

2nd District

A new district for Newtown, this race has incumbent Dan Carter, a Republican, facing off against Democrat Steven B. DeMoura.

28th Senate District

John McKinney, a Republican who has represented the multi-town district for seven terms, is running unopposed.

Still Not Sure Who You're Voting For?

Check out our Election Guide to see coverage of candidate debates, updates from the campaign trail, opeds, letters and more.

I Voted! Newtown Photos of Democracy in Action

If you're proud to have exercised your right as an American citizen by voting today, then let's celebrate by starting a community photo gallery!

Newtown Ballot Question

Voters will be asked if they want to revise the Town Charter so that future municipal budget votes will allow for separate ballots to be cast on the education budget and the town budget. (click on the subhead above to access an article with more information)

Live Blog and Election Results

Join your neighbors in a discussion about the election, candidates and the results. (click on the subhead above to access the article)


11:45 p.m. Nov. 6:

According to Assistant Registrar of Voters Carol Mattegat, one of the tabluating machines is not working properly, slowing down the tallying process Tuesday night. Newtown Patch will have final numbers published as soon as they are available.

11:45 a.m. Nov. 6:

Newtown voters had cast almost 5,500 ballots as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Registrars of Voters.

The ballots have been streaming in and, for the most part, election morning has run smoothly, though readers have reported some confusion at District I, Newtown Middle School, due to the recent redistricting.

Resident Elissa Altman, who lives in the Dodgingtown area of Newtown, said that she received notice that she was affected by the redistricting but would still be voting at the same location. Altman ultimately had to fill out a separate ballot after bouncing between polling volunteers and election officials.

Newtown Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton explained that voters in that area are now voting for the state Second Assembly District rather than the 106th, due to redistricting, and that all affected residents were mailed a letter in September detailing the change.

The change only affects 235 Newtown residents, Frampton said, and while they do have to fill out a different ballot, “they get the shorter line.”

11:15 a.m. Nov. 6:

So many voters had cast a ballot at Reed Intermediate School this morning that the scanning machine had to be emptied to make room for more ballots.

Poll moderator Janet Hovious oversaw the removal of the ballots and explained to voters that they would be placed there in safe keeping until polls closed, when they would be counted. She welcomed all residents to come and watch as the ballots were counted.

A line of voters had built up so Hovious informed them that they could leave their ballots with her if they did not want to wait while the machine was emptied. Many did so; others waited to slide their ballot through the machine them self.

In a district with 5,928 voters, approximately 1,500 ballots had been cast by about 10 a.m.

"I'm shocked at the turnout," said Ken Carlson, a poll worker. "It's going to be a record." [see below for historical voter turnout numbers]

Carlson's fellow poll worker, Sybil Blau, said, "It's just a terrific day. The people really care and they're letting people know they care by voting."

Another poll worker standing nearby, Lynn Morrison, added, "It's a privilege."

Newtown Polling Places

Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.

  • District 1: Newtown Middle School Gym A on Queen Street
  • District 2: Reed Intermediate School Cafetorium at Trades Lane
  • District 3-1: Head O' Meadow School Cafetorium at Boggs Hill Road
  • District 3-2: Edmond Town Hall Lower Meeting Room on Main Street

Not sure what district you're in? Find out on the Newtown of Registrar of Voters' website.

How Newtown Voted in 2008 (88.97% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman; WI=Write In)


  • Obama-Biden (D) — 7,764 votes
  • McCain-Palin (R) — 7,270 votes
  • Nader and Gonzalez — 137 votes
  • Baldwin-Castle (WI)— 10 votes
  • McKinney and Clemente (WI) — 1 vote


  • Chris Murphy (D) — 7,089 votes
  • David J. Cappiello (R) — 6,499 votes
  • Thomas L. Winn (I) — 136 votes
  • Harold H. Burbank II (G) — 103 votes
  • Chris Murphy (WF) — 633 votes
  • Walter Gengarelly (WI) — 2 votes


  • John McKinney (R) — 8,568 votes
  • Martin Goldberg (D) — 5,058 votes
  • Martin Goldberg (WF) — 330 votes


  • Christopher Brennan Lyddy (D) — 7,054 votes
  • William F. L. Rodgers (R) — 5,200 votes
  • William F. L. Rodgers (I) — 307 votes


  • DebraLee Hovey (R) — 878 votes
  • Michele C. Mount (D) — 777 votes

How Newtown Voted in 2010 (69.93% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman; SA=Socialist Action)


  • Richard Blumenthal (D) — 4,917 votes
  • Linda McMahon (R) — 5,890 votes
  • Richard Blumenthal (WF) — 145 votes
  • Warren Mosler (I) — 98 votes
  • John Mertens (CL) — 40 votes


  • Chris Murphy (D) — 5,423 votes
  • Chris Murphy (WF) — 187 votes
  • Sam S.F. Caligiuri (R) — 5,236 votes
  • Sam S.F. Caligiuri (I) — 118 votes


  • John McKinney (R) — 7,260 votes
  • Mitchell Fuchs (R) — 3,347 votes


  • Christopher Lyddy (D) — 5,010 votes
  • George Ferguson (R) — 4,550 votes
  • George Ferguson (I) — 158 votes


  • DebraLee Hovey (R) — 757 votes
  • Michele C. Mount (D) — 452 votes
  • Michel C. Mount (WF) — 14 votes
David Stowe November 07, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The election result numbers above make no sense. If 5500 ballots were cast as it reported in the article above then how is it that the reported results are no where near those numbers. I also agree that Newtown Ballot question was extremely poorly done and probably written in a confusing manner for those who actually saw it to know what they were voting for. Everyone has their own opinions and are entitled to vote their conscience, however when what you are voting for does not seem to be openly explained or even made available for you one to see and then the very language of what is being voted on appears to give many what they want but in a confusing manner takes away things in the very same breath there is something wrong. What I mean is that with all of the issues of the past year in voting on the budget many people voted no for very different reasons. Some wanted no tax increase at all with nothing being given to education while others voted no because they wanted more to go towards education. It did seem that most wanted to be able to express why they voted the way that they did so that there would be some clarity as to why the vote came out the way that it did, and this ballot initiative gives that to everyone, however in that same text it renders this point irrelevant when it makes the vote binding if one side of the budget passes and the other does not. The very text of this ballot initiative seems quite disingenuous. I doubt that we have heard the end of this
Miss November 07, 2012 at 11:11 PM
These numbers do not match the numbers on CNN.com
Emma November 08, 2012 at 01:44 PM
The numbers posted above are obviously wrong. Were it not for the column that says "absentee", I would think these are the absentee ballot results as there were approximately 1,300 absentee ballots.
Claudia Cooper November 09, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Newtown, you make me proud.
Grandma Rosa November 09, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Absentee votes listed as 29, with so many away at college, I find this number to be amazingly small.


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