Incumbent: Gov. Jodi Rell (R) is retiring
Democrat: Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy
Republican: Former Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley
2008 Presidential Result: Obama 61%; McCain 38%
55+ Population (2009 estimate): 25.8%
Overview: Dan Malloy, Stamford mayor for 14 years, pulled a surprise win over Ned Lamont, the darling of the left who had defeated Sen. Joseph Lieberman in the Senate primary in 2006 before losing in the general election. This year, though, Lamont could not muster the same public enthusiasm, and Malloy easily won an August primary. Tom Foley, who created his own private equity investment firm, spent 2003-04 working to develop private businesses in Iraq before his appointment as ambassador to Ireland. The state's floundering economy and a $3.5 billion state budget deficit are the biggest issues.
50+ Facts: Check the latest economic statistics and details on the state budget deficit.
Fun Fact: Foley is not taking public money for the campaign.
'Wild Card' Issue: Outgoing Gov. Jodi Rell came into office when her predecessor, John Rowland, went to prison after pleading guilty to corruption charges. Rell, a lieutenant governor, then won an election. Will "clean government" play in this election?
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