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- Rep. Joe Courtney is running against Republican State Rep. Mike France in Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District.
- The 2nd District occupies almost the entire eastern part of the state and covers more than 60 towns and villages.
- The redistricting had little effect on the district’s partisan leanings and Courtney is expected to win her 8th re-election campaign.
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Longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney faces off with Republican State Rep. Mike France in Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District.
Polls close in the state at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Connecticut 2nd Congressional District Candidates
Courtney, first elected in 2006 in one of the tightest congressional races that year, chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Sea Power and Projection Forces. Before serving in the U.S. House, the 69-year-old Democrat served in the Connecticut General Assembly from 1987 to 1994. During that term, he chaired the public health and human services committees.
France, Courtney’s challenger, is a retired naval officer and four-term Republican state representative. He is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Connecticut General Assembly Conservative Caucus.
Before entering politics, France served 20 years in the Navy on active duty. During his service, he completed three deployments to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Southern Watch.
Voting history for Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district
Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District occupies almost the entire eastern portion of the state and covers more than 60 cities and towns, including Griswold, Killingly, Plainfield, and Norwich.
Joe Biden had an 11 percentage point margin of victory over then-President Donald Trump under the previous district limits in 2020. The once-a-decade redistricting process after the 2020 census only brought little to no change to the Democratic partisan lean.
The race for money
According to OpenSecrets, Courtney raised $1.85 million, spent $1.7 million and had $869,000 in cash as of October 19. of October 19.
Super PACs and other political committees have not played a significant role in this race, spending only $213,000 together through Nov. 2 to defend or against the candidates — a small fraction of what these groups have spent in d Other Races in the United States House.
What the experts say
The race between Courtney and France is rated “likely Democratic” by The Cook Political Report and “likely Democratic” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.