By James Lomuscio
State Senator Will Haskell, U.S. Congressman Jim Himes, State Representative Jonathan Steinberg at Wakeman Town Farm. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Democratic incumbents sailed to victory in Westport tonight with U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, state Sen. Will Haskell and state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg besting their Republican opponents here by around 1,000 votes or more at the polls.
The initial results do not include mail-in or absentee ballots.
Steinberg, who serves the 136th District, beat Chip Stephens by 4,124 to 3,298 poll-only votes, assuring him a sixth term.
The only other Connecticut representative to serve sixth term was Sarah Crawford during the 1960s, Steinberg said.
Locally, Haskell defeated Republican Kim Healy by 4,089 to 2,867. She also garnered 114 running as an Independent.
“I’m feeling cautiously optimistic,” Haskell said at an election night party at Wakeman Town Farm prior to the release of the poll numbers. “This is a district that hasn’t been held by a Democrat since the 1960s.”
In Westport, Himes, who represents the nation’s 4th Congressional District, defeated Republican challenger Jonathan Riddle by 4,753 to 3,202.