Susan Bysiewicz Will Be On The Primary Ballot "No Matter What"

Bysiewicz needs 15% of the delegate vote at this weekend's democratic convention

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U.S. Senate candidate Susan Bysiewicz
After running for Governor and Attorney General in 2010, Susan Bysiewicz is now running for U.S. Senate. Photo:Chion Wolf
Where We Live: Susan Bysiewicz
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Where We Live: Susan Bysiewicz

According to U.S. Senate candidate Susan Bysiewicz, you will see her name on the Democratic primary ballot in August, "no matter what."

Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz appeared on WNPR's Where We Live ahead of this weekend's Democratic state convention. Earlier this month, her opponent State Representative William Tong dropped out of the race. Along with Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Tong endorsed Democratic frontrunner Rep. Chris Murphy.

But Bysiewicz said she doesn't think this race is about "insider support." She said 6,000 elected Democratic officials across the state are behind her.

She needs 15 percent of the delegate votes at the convention to make it onto the primary ballot. If she does not meet that threshold, she will need to petition her way onto the ballot.

Bysiewicz has made several runs for public office before. "I've only run for one job other than secretary of the state and that was attorney general and that didn't work out," said Bysiewicz, who also ran for governor in 2006 and 2010 while holding her position as Secretary of the State.

She said people might question Murphy's ambition to run for Senate while holding a safe Democratic seat. "Why would you leave that seat when we might be losing that to the Republicans because of this big primary that the Democrats are having for that Congress seat?" asked Bysiewicz.  

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Bysiewicz trails Murphy by 12 points. The state convention takes place this Saturday, May 12 at Central Connecticut State University.

This show was part of Where We Live's Where We Vote series ahead of the 2012 primaries and general election.