Former ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley won the Republican nomination for governor of Connecticut Tuesday, setting the stage for a rematch against Gov. Dan Malloy (D).
Foley defeated state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. With 42 percent of precincts reporting, Foley led McKinney 58 percent to 43 percent. The Associated Press has called the race for Foley.
Malloy, who did not have a primary challenger on Tuesday, narrowly defeated Foley in 2010. Polls show the Democrat faces a competitive race once again.
A Quinnipiac University survey in May showed the two candidates tied at 43 percent. The poll showed voters have concerns with Malloy's record on taxes and the budget.
Connecticut is one of just a handful of Republican pickup opportunities in governor's races this year. The GOP is defending 22 seats; Democrats are defending just 14.