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2020 Election News

Connecticut representatives hope Biden can bridge divide

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, walk near the White House during a Presidential Escort to the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Connecticut's all-Democratic congressional delegation said they hope Biden's message of unity is the first in many efforts they hope will help heal the country.

Residents look for hope and pray against violence on Inauguration Day

Federal K-9 units prepare to sweep in preparation for the inauguration ceremonies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president on Wednesday. The vast majority of The Day's respondents in southeastern Connecticut say they feel there would be some level of political violence on Wednesday but said there would likely be a proper response from law enforcement this time. Many said if there are demonstrations, violent or not, they will likely be muted. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

Voters from throughout the region weighed in on their expectations for Inauguration Day and what message they think President-elect Joe Biden should deliver.

Hedrick, Bumgardner seek to be Democratic candidate for Groton City mayor

The City of Groton Democratic Committee has endorsed incumbent Keith Hedrick for mayor, while Town Councilor Aundre Bumgardner said he will collect signatures to challenge Hedrick in a primary.

2020 State Senate Debate Schedule

— The following state senate debates were livestreamed on You can watch full replays of theme here:

Debate Date/Time Participants Notes
19th District Oct. 8; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Cathy Osten (D), Steve Weir (R) Watch replay of full debate
20th District Oct. 20; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Paul Formica (R), Martha Marx (D) Watch replay of full debate
18th District Oct. 21; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Heather Somers (R), Bob Statchen (D) Watch replay of full debate
33rd District Oct. 22; 7-8 pm Incumbent Sen. Norm Needleman (D), Brendan Saunders (R) Watch replay of full debate


Trump impeachment trial to focus on his attacks on election

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., signs the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in an engrossment ceremony before transmission to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump’s impeachment now heads toward a historic Senate trial, perhaps as soon as next week

Chesebrough to seek reelection as Stonington first selectwoman

First Selectwoman Danielle Chesebrough, an unaffiliated voter, said Tuesday she plans to seek reelection this fall and will ask both the Democratic and Republican town committees to endorse her

Local Republicans' views differ on Capitol violence

Some blame Antifa for violence, others criticize Trump's role.

New London councilor suggests expansion of city polling places

Discussion on expanding the number of voting districts has resurfaced as the result of a disappointing voter turnout in the presidential election in New London.

Republican Committee seeking candidates for Groton City Council

The committee is interested in hearing from registered Republicans who have lived for over one year in District 2 or 3 of the city of Groton and would like to run for political office.

Trump supports clash with Capitol police

People wait to hear speakers Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, at a rally in support of President Donald Trump called the

As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have lined up before sunrise Wednesday to show their support for President Donald Trump and his baseless...

Pro-Trump mob storms U.S. Capitol, clashes with police

Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump police

Warnock, Ossoff win in Georgia, handing Dems Senate control

Jon Ossoff, left, and Raphael Warnock wave to the crowd during a campaign rally in Augusta, Ga., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Democrats Ossoff and Warnock are challenging incumbent Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in a runoff election on Jan. 5. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

Democrats have won both Georgia Senate seats — and with them, the U.S. Senate majority

Pence defies Trump, says he can't reject electoral votes

Vice President Mike Pence arrives with members of the Senate to officiate as a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to count the electoral votes cast in November's election, at the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump is trying to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to use powers he doesn't have to overturn the will of voters in a desperate and futile bid to undo President-elect Joe...

Biden to name judge Merrick Garland as attorney general

In this July 22, 2019, file photo, Merrick Garland pays his respects for the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court in Washington. President-elect Joe Biden is set to name Garland as Attorney General. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

President-elect Joe Biden has selected Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge, as his attorney general, two people familiar with the selection process said Wednesday

Fact check: Trump's false claims on a day of reckoning

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Donald Trump is pressing his case for overturning the election results as Congress prepares to tally the electoral votes affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory

Here we go again: What to expect as Georgia counts votes

Supporters wait for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris attend a drive-in rally in Savannah, Ga. during a campaign stop for Democratic U.S. Senate challengers the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

This week will find us back in a familiar place — waiting for Georgia to count votes

Bumgardner announces candidacy for Groton City mayor

Groton Town Coucilor Aundré Bumgardner said he is seeking to challenge incumbent City Mayor Hedrick in March's Democratic primary.

Analysis: With call, Trump shows no limit to his power grab

President Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Dalton, Ga. for a rally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump’s ongoing efforts to overturn the 2020 election results — laid out in stark detail in an hourlong weekend phone call with a Georgia election official — are...

Republicans condemn 'scheme' to undo election for Trump

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, greets a crowd before he speaks at a campaign rally for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Cumming, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The unprecedented Republican effort to overturn the presidential election is being condemned by an outpouring of current and former GOP officials

Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate vote in his favor

President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. (Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary)

President Donald Trump urged fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, to "find" enough votes to overturn his defeat in an extraordinary one-hour phone call Saturday that...

COVID-19 could lead to permanent expansion of voting opportunities

The temporary expansion of absentee voting due to the pandemic has led to lawmakers and activists to look at expanding voting rights in the state.

Cruz, other GOP senators vow not to certify Biden win without probe of voter fraud claims

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a campaign rally for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Cumming, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Nearly a dozen Republican senators and senators-elect led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said Saturday they will reject electors from certain states won by President-elect Joe Biden, citing...

GOP senator rebukes 'dangerous ploy' to fight Biden victory

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., questions Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett during the third day of her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska has issued a pointed rebuke of GOP attempts to object Jan. 6 to the Electoral College tally of the presidential election

Judge blocks residency challenges to 4,000 Georgia voters

In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, file photo, people wait in line on the first day of advance voting for Georgia's Senate runoff election at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Ga. A federal judge on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, has ordered local election officials in Georgia to allow voting by more than 4,000 people whose eligibility had been challenged ahead of the U.S. Senate runoff elections next week. U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner said that denying so many voters access to the ballot so close to an election would likely violate the National Voter Registration Act. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

A federal judge has ordered local election officials in Georgia to allow voting by more than 4,000 people whose eligibility had been challenged ahead of the U.S. Senate runoff elections next week

Trump turns to fringe element in election fight

In this Jan. 27, 2020, file phoot President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

With his claims of widespread voter fraud rejected by dozens of judges and GOP leaders, President Donald Trump has turned to a ragtag group of conspiracy theorists, media-hungry lawyers and other...

Trump wants Supreme Court to overturn Pa. election results

In this Nov. 4, 2020, photo, The Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Donald Trump’s campaign says it has filed a new petition with the Supreme Court as it continues its unprecedented efforts to overturn the results of the Nov 3

AP sources: Trump floats Sidney Powell as special counsel to probe vote fraud claims

Sidney Powell, right, speaks next to former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, as members of President Donald Trump's legal team, during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Donald Trump has floated naming a lawyer who was booted from his campaign’s legal team after pushing unfounded conspiracy theories as a special counsel investigating allegations of...

Biden's challenge: Creating a COVID-19-free White House

In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, The White House viewed from the Washington Monument in Washington.  President-elect Joe Biden soon will be entering a no-Zoom zone at the White House. It's just one sign of the challenges his new administration will face when it moves to Washington in the midst of a pandemic. After months of making a virtue of being cautious about COVID-19, Biden’s prudence will be tested by technology and tradition when his new administration arrives on Jan. 20.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

President-elect Joe Biden soon will be entering a no-Zoom zone at the White House

Turning the page? Republicans acknowledge Biden's victory

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally for Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

More than a month after the election, some of the nation’s highest-profile Republican holdouts are beginning to embrace reality

McConnell warns GOP off Electoral College brawl in Congress

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., removes his face mask as he arrives for a news conference with other Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Pool via AP)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking to shut down any Senate effort to support President Donald Trump’s extended assault on the election

'Scumbag Democrats' sign from Ron's Guns owner sparks criticism from first selectman, controversy among residents

A sign outside Ron Rando’s Boston Post Road home on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, reads “Scumbag Democrats Have Stolen the Election! Lying - Cheating - Ballot Padding!”  (Julia Bergman/The Day)

East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson said he’s received more than a dozen complaints over a sign recently erected in front of the home of town resident and business owner Ron Rando.

Biden to take oath outside Capitol amid virus restrictions

In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office outside the U.S. Capital building, but it probably won't look like other inaugurations

GOP leader McConnell finally acknowledges Biden won election

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, speaks during a news conference following a weekly meeting with the Senate Republican caucus, Tuesday, Dec. 8. 2020 at the Capitol in Washington. Americans waiting for Republicans in Congress to acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect may have to keep waiting until January as GOP leaders stick with President Donald Trump’s litany of legal challenges and unproven claims of fraud. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally acknowledged that Democrat Joe Biden won the presidential election

AP sources: Biden to pick Buttigieg as transportation chief

In this April 29, 2019 file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, from South Bend, Indiana, listens during a lunch meeting with civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem neighborhood of New York. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg to head the transportation department. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, Pool)

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg to head the Transportation Department

Biden speaks on power of democracy in counter to Trump's attempts to overturn results

President-elect Joe Biden speaks after winning the electoral college vote Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (Washington Post photo by Joshua Lott)

President-elect Joe Biden reaffirmed his faith in American democracy and the integrity of its elections in an address Monday after the electoral college formalized his victory over President Donald...

Biden clears 270-vote mark as electors affirm his victory

A member of Iowa's Electoral College signs the Certificate of Vote of Electors for the State of Iowa, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Presidential electors coast to coast are casting the votes that will choose Joe Biden as the nation’s next president, a formality that has taken on added importance this year because of...

Early in-person voting begins in Georgia Senate runoffs

A sign in an Atlanta neighborhood on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, urges people to vote early in Georgia's two U.S. Senate races. The early in-person voting period beginning Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, and lasting as late as Dec. 31 could determine the outcomes of races between Republican U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Early in-person voting begins Monday in Georgia for the state's twin U.S. Senate runoffs

Trump says efforts to challenge election results are 'not over'

In this Dec. 12, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before boarding Marine One. As he prepares to exit the White House, Trump is rewarding some supporters and like-minded allies with the perks and prestige that come with serving on federal advisory boards and commissions. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

President Donald Trump signaled that he will continue to challenge the results of the 2020 election even after the electoral college meets Monday in most state capitols to cast votes solidifying Joe...

Trump says Barr resigning, will leave before Christmas

In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo Attorney General William Barr speaks during a roundtable discussion on Operation Legend, a federal program to help cities combat violent crime in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Attorney General William Barr, one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies, is resigning amid lingering tension with the president over the president’s baseless claims of election...

Wisconsin Supreme Court tosses Trump election lawsuit

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has rejected President Donald Trump’s lawsuit attempting to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the battleground state

Analysis: Short work by high court of Trump's 'big one' election challenge

Kathy Kratt of Orlando, Fla., displays her Trump flags as she and other protesters demonstrate their support for President Donald Trump at the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Supreme Court has turned aside a Texas-based lawsuit that sought to overturn the presidential election results, and not even Donald Trump’s three high court appointees were willing to rise...