Southbury Votes Full Republican Ticket

Strong turnout of Southbury voters push GOP candidates.

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[UPDATE - 4 P.M., 11/7] It was discovered Wednesday that due to an error with an excel spreadsheet the unofficial voting results released by the Southbury Registrar's Office last night were incorrect. The error was found and corrected and the below results are accurate, according to the registrar:

Presidential Election
Romney / Ryan – 6,134
Obama / Biden – 4,936

U.S. Senate
McMahon – 6,004
Murphy – 4,764

U.S. House – 5th District
Roraback – 5,880
Esty – 4,654

State Senate – 32nd District
Kane – 6,263
Gambardella – 3,939

State House – 69th District
O’Neill – 6,261

State House – 131st District
Labriola – 1,234

Registrar of Voters
Bolin – 5,677
Greene – 4,208


[UPDATE - 11 P.M.] Below are the complete Southbury unofficial voting results:

Presidential Election
Romney / Ryan – 5,626
Obama / Biden – 4,424
Anderson / Rodriguez – 29
Johnson / Gray – 80

U.S. Senate
McMahon – 2,129
Murphy – 2,080
Passarelli – 53

U.S. House – 5th District
Roraback – 2,091
Esty – 2,043

State Senate – 32nd District
Kane – 2,208
Gambardella – 1,789

State House – 69th District
O’Neill – 2,598

State House – 131st District
Labriola – 103

Registrar of Voters
Bolin – 2,012
Greene – 1,861


[UPDATE - 9:15 P.M.] The Southbury Registrar's Office has received the votes from two of the three districts in town. They expect the third district shortly and results will be posted as soon as they become available.


[UPDATE - 4:30 P.M.] Below are the Southbury voter turnout numbers as of 4:15 p.m., according to Southbury Democratic Registrar Marie Greene.

District #1 – 2,532

District #2 – 3,721

District #3 – 1,198

TOTAL – 7,451 (55%)

“I was at the library for the majority of the day and it was crazy,” said Greene. “It was a constant flow all day, and it will pick back up again soon. It’s been very busy today.”


[UPDATE - 12:30 P.M.] Below are the Southbury voter turnout numbers as of 12:15 p.m., according to Southbury Republican Registrar JoAnn Bolin.

District #1 – 1,742 (39%)

District #2 – 2,533 (35%)

District #3 – 887 (40%)

TOTAL – 5,162 (38%)

“It was a very high turnout in the last Presidential Election in 2008, and I have a feeling it will be very similar this time,” said Bolin.


[UPDATE - 11:30 A.M.] For some Southbury voters, deciding where to park at their designated polling location may be the toughest choice they make today.

Across town voters have been piling into the polls in large numbers, generating busy parking lots and crowded buildings, to cast their ballot in the 2012 Presidential Election.

Midday turnout numbers have yet to be released by the Registrar’s Office, but Southbury Republican Registrar JoAnn Bolin said it has been extremely busy at the polls.

Jeff Giegler, Southern Field Director for the Andrew Roraback Campaign, said he had been to polling locations in Danbury, Newtown and Southbury and was amazed at the amount of voters he saw.

“There’s been a huge turnout at all of the polls I’ve been at this morning,” said Geigler outside of the Center Firehouse in Southbury. “Speaking to other staffers as well, it’s been unbelievably busy, especially in the Fifth District.”

Southbury First Selectman Ed Edelson, who spent the morning greeting voters in front of the Southbury Public Library, echoed these sentiments.

“I’m thrilled to see so many people exercising their right to vote,” said Edelson. “It’s been going well, there’s been a steady flow all morning.”


[ORIGINAL STORY] Good morning, and welcome to Election Day 2012!

Today, Southbury residents go to the polls to choose a president, a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative from the 5th Congressional District, state representatives for the 69th, and 131st districts, and a state Senator in the 32nd District.

See below for information on where to cast your ballot and the list of candidates. We've also included how Southbury voted in 2008, the year of the last presidential election, and 2010, the last mid-term election.

Read it over, then visit your local polling station between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to make your voice heard! And be sure to check back with Patch for updates throughout the day, including the announcement of the winners as soon as votes are tallied tonight.

State and National Races

U.S. Senate

Chris Murphy (D) and Linda McMahon (R) are vying for the seat vacated by Joe Lieberman. (Click on "U.S. Senate" for updates, results and reactions.)

Fifth Congressional District

Andrew Roraback (R) and Elizabeth Esty (D) are after the seat previously held by Chris Murphy. (Click on "Fifth Congressional District" for updates, results and reactions.)

69th District

Incumbent Arthur O'Neill (R) is running unopposed in the 69th District.

131st District

Incumbent David Labriola (R) is running unopposed in the 131st District.

32nd Senate District

Robert Kane, a Republican who has represented the multi-town district since 2008, is challenged by Democrat James Gambardella of Watertown.

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Southbury Polling Places

Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.

  • Voting District #1, Firehouse, 461 Main Street South
  • Voting District #2, Public Library, 100 Poverty Road
  • Voting District #3, Community Building, 561 Main Street South

Not sure what district you're in? Southbury Patch has you covered, find out right here

How Southbury Voted in 2008 (71.77% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman; WI=Write In)


  • Obama-Biden (D) — 5,456 votes
  • McCain-Palin (R) — 6,172 votes
  • Nader and Gonzalez — 119 votes
  • Baldwin-Castle (WI)— 2 votes
  • McKinney and Clemente (WI) — 0 votes


  • Chris Murphy (D) — 4,956 votes
  • David J. Cappiello (R) — 5,577 votes
  • Thomas L. Winn (I) — 90 votes
  • Harold H. Burbank II (G) — 47 votes
  • Chris Murphy (WF) — 461 votes
  • Walter Gengarelly (WI) — 0 votes


  • Robert Kane (R) — 5,993 votes
  • John McCarthy (D) — 4,507 votes
  • John McCarthy (WF) — 351 votes


  • Arthur O'Neill (R) — 6,213 votes


  • David Labriola (R) — 1,573 votes

How Southbury Voted in 2010 (61.43% Turnout)

(D=Democrat; R=Republican; G=Green; I=Independent; WF=Working Families; CL=Connecticut for Lieberman; SA=Socialist Action)


  • Richard Blumenthal (D) — 3,610 votes
  • Linda McMahon (R) — 4,970 votes
  • Richard Blumenthal (WF) — 132 votes
  • Warren Mosler (I) — 86 votes
  • John Mertens (CL) — 33 votes


  • Chris Murphy (D) — 3,715 votes
  • Chris Murphy (WF) — 139 votes
  • Sam S.F. Caligiuri (R) — 4,785 votes
  • Sam S.F. Caligiuri (I) — 97 votes


  • Robert Kane (R) — 6,016 votes


  • Arthur O'Neill (R) — 5,034 votes


  • David Labriola (R) — 1,254 votes
See the truth November 06, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Easiest and smartest thing to do is vote for people who will fight for us instead of just flying around in private jets with no clue what its like for us to pay all their taxes.. Vote for Obama and Murphy....! Oooops! There goes Linda overhead now....! Whooosh...
teri kopp November 07, 2012 at 11:26 AM
You must be like the blind cleric, unable to see anything other than your own ideology. The people of Southbury were smart enough to say no to the Nazi's in 1937 and smart enough to see America is on the same socialist path today and vote Republican but sadly the rest of the country is all about the handout and being on the government teet. Say goodbye to the America we used to know and hello to the "new and improved" Eurostyle state. Obama has 4 more years to complete his fundamental transformation and when he is done, you won't recognize the country. You won't even miss the liberties you will lose that we all take for granted when we have riots and revolution due to the insatiable need for more. My patriotic heart is broken, my childrens future and their chance for the American dream are shattered. God help us.
Sharon November 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Congratulations Mr. President Obama and Senator Chris Murphy and Representative Esty! Our family is so proud to have you represent us in Washington! America has spoken and will NOT be deceived by the false accusations and ugly personal attacks perpetrated by so many Republicans. Now we hope that the Republicans in the House and the Senate will finally work WITH the President instead of against him and make our nation strong again! Southbury is really losing out on a good Registrar in Marie Greene she is dedicated, fair and strong! Southbury's numbers are extremely close between the Democrats and Republican candidates! I don't know what Mrs. Kopp is talking about but I think she is disillusioned about what has been going on in America these last four years. We are proud to be Americans and proud to have Barack Obama as our President!
See the truth November 07, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Once again, CT has spoken Blue!!! Always will despite what the GOP Southbury majority says..... Southbury must be full of Millionaires....where do I sign up. Congrats Dems!!
Drew Morten November 07, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I debated on whether it was worth the effort to respond to your Patch comments. But I fear that being silent may lead others to believe your remarks have merit. I think, Teri, that the line in your first sentence, “unable to see anything other than your own ideology”, is telling and might be the answer to your own discourse. Clearly, a significant majority of voters in Connecticut and across the country do not share your feeling that we have entered the end of times. Certainly you are entitled to be upset that your candidates did not win. Nevertheless, your words are harmful and violate the spirit of what makes this country strong; that we can have rational conversations about what direction we choose not angry and irrational outbursts. We deserve better from each other. Working together for compromise is what we need now not pushing us farther apart. Give that option a shot you might feel better doing something positive rather than being so over the top negative.
teri kopp November 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
See the truth is a dreaming. I am no millionaire. I know no one is Southbury who is. I work very hard for what I have but you all seem to think what you and I work for should be part a collective. Drew - I believe in the Constitution, Mr. Obama thinks its outdated. Mr. Obama was doubled the debit in his 4 years in office and that is NOT Mr. Bush's fault. Obama was in charge of the purse and never bothered to pass a budget. Where are the infrastructure jobs, where are the new bridges, electrical grids? Billions given out and nothing to show for it. Oh wait, food stamps, disability and extended unemployment. Let's not forget those waiting for those Obamaphones! Don't think that is not human nature to take without a care knowing some else has to pay for it. Mr. Obama has plainly said he wants to level the playing field so all can have the same. I believe that is called socialism. He is a partisan Chicago community organizer and his agenda has far more surprises for us all. You all say that GOP holds things up, thank God we are the speed bumps that kept them from turning us into Greece. Don't think its not going to happen. You dems are like drunken teenagers with keys to the car.
Joan Chernauskas November 07, 2012 at 10:42 PM
By selecting the incumbent president, the liberal, Hollywood-type mentality voters of America are rewarding incompetency. I would like to wish Mr. Obama good luck as he attempts to correct our current problems: 23,000 million Americans without jobs, food stamp recipients numbered at 47 million- an increase of 14 million under his administration, national debt at 20 trillion (up by 6 trillion), our national security threatened, OBAMACARE forced upon us, exorbitant gas prices, extremely low world-wide ranking, and a host of other IMPORTANT issues too numerous to mention. (Incidentally, it took Ronald Reagen approximately one year to rectify matters after Jimmy Carter left office). This man needs another 4 years to accomplish his goals? Sadly, It's not the AMERICA that I grew up in, nor what our founding fathers envisioned for this once GREAT country!
Coffee Drinker November 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
At least those Tea Party loons will not be out in front of D&D for a few more years.
Joan Chernauskas November 08, 2012 at 08:51 PM
In response to Webster's comment on Mr. Romney not having a plan for job growth, please read the following: Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE and President Obama's "Job Czar," hired Chinese workers for infrastructure projects in the USA. According to ABC News (this was checked on Snopes), American workers were willing to do the job for the same wages as the Chinese. (Apparently Mr. Immelt forgot which country hired him). This is just another example of the President's lack of leadership and failed policies; his DISMAL record speaks for itself!
Greg Kuehn November 08, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Gotta love the insults, because it adds so much to your lack of credibility and lies. Do you even bother to fact check your Faux News-style facts? Start with the FCC implementing the Lifeline benefit program in 1984. Amazing that Obama somehow can be tied to phones given out back in the 80's. Nice revisionist effort, though. Thanks for thinking that everyone who voted for Obama was a democrat or somehow tied to a left wing. And we're all like drunken teenagers? Do you follow ANYTHING about the nation's grid infrastructure? Another issue you appear to be clueless about. Start reading professional sources, such as http://tdworld.com. I can't believe I'm actually taking the time to respond to this. Do some research and reading, then come back and chat. Obamaphone? Really? You saw the youtube video, too, didn't you? LOL OBAMAPHONE! C'mon Teri.
Gary November 08, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Sorry I'm off subject, but did anyone else find the new voting venue utter chaos? The library was a zoo. I thought it was way too small too handle so many voters.
Linda Klose November 09, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I am off subject too. Having only 3 voting venues instead of 5 was CHAOS. We voted at the library and found long lines. A few of the elderly we talked to just gave up and left before voting. Trying to get in and out of the parking lot (and lack of enough parking) was a joke. The police did the best they could but it was still a mess.
MaryAnn Benevenuto November 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM
A new party is in the air - white women who work, are motivated and support the GOP.
JHS November 13, 2012 at 01:48 AM
DOes the President have to work with the Republicans in the House and Senate or is it only 1 way? Obama has already said he will not discuss cutting spending unless tax hikes on the wealthy are part of the deal. Obama's tax the rich plan will bring in 82 billion over 10 years less than 7.5% of the deficit and this is all he has as ideas. We have revenue equivalent to what we had in 2005 but we spend a trillion more each year. It is a spending problem but Obama doesn't want to cut.
MaryAnn Benevenuto November 13, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Drew - I for one believe, the remarks do have merit - the question is how much damage can be done in 4 yrs.


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