Updated: 4:10 a.m.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro danced in front of an audience of hundreds at the Shubert Theater last night after capturing her 13th term as Connecticut’s third district congressional representative.
Unlike the gubernatorial race, which remained neck and neck through the night, the Associated Press called the results of the congressional race at 9:23 p.m. The results showed overwhelming support in the district for DeLauro, who won 51,440 more votes than her Republican challenger James Brown. She garnered 65.41 percent of the total vote count.
“Many years ago, I danced on the stage of the Shubert Theater,” DeLauro said. “This is number 13 and it’s still an honor, like it was the first time.”
Members of DeLauro’s campaign attributed her victory to name recognition. While this election marks her 13th term as the District 3 congresswoman, Brown has never served as a congressional representative.
Mayor Toni Harp attributed the election results to DeLauro’s popularity across the area and access to resources in the district.
“There’s no question that recognition played a part in the election,” said John Courtmanche, a volunteer for DeLauro’s campaign.
After she cast her vote in Ward 19, DeLauro said one of the few major challenges she and her team faced in the election was voter outreach. But, she nonetheless said she thought voter turnout was particularly strong throughout the district.
During her speech at the Shubert, DeLauro said she would continue to push for reforms regarding issues surrounding the federal minimum wage and absentee ballots — issues that voters identified as important to them.
“I voted for all the Democrats,” New Haven resident Kimberly Edwards said. “In terms of jobs and the economy, I just feel like they’re more hands-on in those issues.”
Throughout the course of Election Day, DeLauro said she remained confident about her chances, adding that she expected the Democrats to win across the board, including Gov. Dannel Malloy.
Voters in Ward 19 mirrored DeLauro’s confidence during Election Day, adding that they expected the results of the congressional election to be decidedly in favor of the Democratic candidate.
“There’s no competition,” said Ward 19 Chair Ethel Berger. “[DeLauro] will go in almost unanimously.”
However, many voters were not as sure about the results of the gubernatorial race. New Haven resident Jose Padilla said that, while he does not usually vote in the elections, the close nature of the gubernatorial race drew him to the polls.
City leaders expressed support for DeLauro after the polls closed.
Superintendent of New Haven Public Schools Garth Harries ’95 said that the results of the gubernatorial and congressional races are critical to education in New Haven. He said that he looked forward to continuing a partnership with DeLauro on wellness issues, such as nutrition.
“Our school district has gotten a lot of attention in Washington, and I look forward to the continued representation,” Harries said.
DeLauro was the previously longest serving member on New Haven’s Board of Alders, serving for 33 years from 1965 to 1998.