HARTFORD — Democratic Gov. William A. O'Neill thwarted a challenge from Republican Julie D. Belaga, while Democratic Sen. Christopher J. Dodd easily defeated Republican Roger W. Eddy.
Belaga, a moderate who serves as the deputy state House majority leader, won a three-way primary without the state GOP endorsement. Early polls had showed her within striking distance of O'Neill, who sought a second full term.
Her election would have made Connecticut the only state to have had two women governors. O'Neill assumed the job when Gov. Ella Grasso stepped down because she was dying from cancer.
Dodd, who won a second term, had been heavily favored in pre-election polls.
With 96% of the votes counted, O'Neill had 588,177, or 58%, contrasted with Belaga's 404,772, or 42%. With 96% of the votes counted, Dodd had about 66% vs. Eddy's 34%.