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Connecticut Superior Court overturns Bridgeport Democratic mayoral primary, citing 'shocking' evidence of fraud

Despite the court’s decision, no changes to the electoral calendar have been announced. The general elections remain scheduled for November 7.

Captura de pantalla de uno de los videos presentados como evidencia de fraude por la campaña de John Gomes para la alcaldía de Bridgeport.


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Connecticut Superior Court Justice William Clark ordered this Wednesday that the Democratic Party hold a new primary election to vote for the mayor of Bridgeport, the largest city in the state. Clark ruled that there was enough evidence of irregularities to cast "serious doubt" about the results, making the court "unable to determine the legitimate result of the primary."

Mail in ballots are at the center of the controversy. There was an abnormally high number of absentee ballots registered and proof of abnormal handling of these ballots. As part of the evidence, the judge cited some videos that he claimed —"are shocking to the court and should be shocking to all the parties" — which have been going around on social media:

In the Democratic primary on September 12, Mayor Joe Ganim defeated John Gomes by a slim margin of 251 votes out of the total of 8,173 cast. Judge Clark gave the authorities 10 days to set a new date for the elections.

The ruling came six days before the general election. However, there still haven’t been any changes in the electoral calendar - the judge even admitted in the judicial text that he does not have the power to postpone the general elections.

The winner of the primaries said that at the moment he has not decided whether to appeal the court’s decision, according to statements reported by the local media CT Post. For now, however, he is calling on the residents of Bridgeport to vote next Tuesday. He continues to post propaganda on his social media in hopes to win the mayor's office again.

After losing the Democratic primary, John Gomes ran for the general election as an independent. Despite the ruling, Gomes decided to continue his campaign for the November 7 elections, although he did not miss the opportunity to celebrate the decision:

The victory today belongs not only to me as the Plaintiff but to all the people of Bridgeport who were wronged in the numerous ways detailed in Judge Clark's remarkable decision. Today, democracy prevails.