11-term Democrat Boukus concedes state House race to Cheshire home invasion survivor William Petit

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PLAINVILLE — A Connecticut doctor who survived a 2007 home invasion that took the lives of his wife and two daughters unseated an 11-term Democrat in a state House race in Plainville and New Britain.

Dr. William Petit said he has no plans to try to revive Connecticut's death penalty and ran as a fiscal conservative.

His opponent, state Rep. Betty Boukus, was the House chairwoman of the powerful bonding subcommittee. She conceded to Petit around 8:45 p.m.

The race garnered national attention this month when a labor union's political action committee ran an internet advertisement that tried to link Petit to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and "attacks on women and families."

Boukus said she was horrified by the ad, which resulted in the resignation of the union official who authorized it.