Connecticut Democrats re-nominate Blumenthal for Senate

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HARTFORD — Connecticut Democrats nominated Richard Blumenthal to serve a second term in the U.S. Senate during their annual convention Saturday.

The Democratic Party's state convention began at 10 a.m. It was held at the Connecticut Convention Center, adjacent to the Connecticut river by downtown Hartford.

Blumenthal was first elected to the Senate in 2010 after serving as state attorney general for 20 years.

State Republicans are expected to nominate a candidate to oppose Blumenthal on Monday. In the running are former Olympian August Wolf, Bethel state Rep. Dan Carter and former fashion industry executive Jack Orchulli.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll on the Senate race in October showed Blumenthal with a 62 percent job approval rating.

State GOP Chairman J.R. Romano says the unpredictability of this year's election season and dissatisfaction with state Democratic leaders could help a Republican candidate defeat Blumenthal.