Tong wins Democratic nod for attorney general; Hatfield wins GOP primary

HARTFORD – State lawmaker William Tong has won the Democratic nomination for Connecticut attorney general.

The state representative from Stamford was the endorsed candidate in the three-way race. He defeated state Sen. Paul Doyle, who was Tong’s co-chair on the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, and former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei.

Tong is the son of Chinese immigrants and is seeking to become the first Asian-American to hold the office.

He has campaigned on his willingness to challenge in court the policies of President Donald Trump on issues including immigration.

Tong has worked as commercial litigator and was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2007. He briefly ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 and lost in a Democratic primary in the race for mayor of Stamford in 2013.State prosecutor Sue Hatfield has won the Republican nomination for attorney general.

Hatfield, who was endorsed by the party, defeated challenger and former state Rep. John Shaban of Redding.

Hatfield, of Pomfret, was a policy assistant for Newt Gingrich and an early supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. She served as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Connecticut, but she says she does not agree with Trump on every issue.

She has said she wants the attorney general’s office to be more pro-business.

Hatfield recently lost the endorsement of the Connecticut’s largest gun owners’ group, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, after saying she opposed the ability to download blueprints for making untraceable plastic guns with 3D printers.
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