Overview and Live Results: Competitive Special Election in Connecticut Senate District 36

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Connecticut Senate District 36

Special General Election

There are 36 seats in the Connecticut Senate. At present, there are 23 Democrats and 12 Republicans. Connecticut is one of 12 states where Senators serve two-year terms; the next regularly scheduled elections are in 2022. 

District 36 is located in the southwestern corner of the state. It is a highly affluent area, with median household income of twice the state average. The State Senate seat was vacated on June 22, when Democrat Alex Kasser resigned for personal reasons. 

The major party nominees on the ballot are Alexis Gevanter (D) and Ryan Fazio (R). Fazio was the GOP nominee in 2020, losing to Kasser by 51% to 49%. Also on the ballot is independent John Blankley.

Polls close at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.

The district has trended a bit more Democratic over the past decade, culminating with Kasser's victory1 1In 2018, she was known as Alex Bergstein. over five-term incumbent Republican L. Scott Frantz in 2018. She became the first Democrat to win the seat since 1930.

With this influential district split politically, both parties are campaigning aggressively to win the seat. A Democratic hold would give the party a 2/3 supermajority in the Senate, although they are a bit short of that in the State House where the partisan composition is 97-54


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