The rule in Connecticut: If your party gets the most votes for governor, it gets the top ballot line in the next election. So Gov. Dan Malloy's win in 2010 guarantees Democrats should be atop the ballot this year, right?
That's what Secretary of State Denise Merrill has ruled. But state Republicans disagree -- and they have a good point.
Malloy won 567,278 votes two years ago, just under 7,000 more than Republican Tom Foley won. But Malloy was running on both the Democratic and the Working Families Party lines. And on that second line, he received 26,308 votes.
That means the Democratic line won 540,970 votes in 2010, and the Republican line won 560,874. It doesn't take a math whiz to figure out which party -- not which candidate -- got more votes.
Now, Connecticut Republicans are suing to get their top line back. A spokesman for the Secretary of State's office says they're "very confident in how we interpreted the state election statutes and the order of the ballot." Merrill said last month her interpretation had precedent.
The courts will decide who gets the top spot on the ballot, and in Democratic-heavy Connecticut, it's not likely to matter much one way or the other. But it sure seems like Republicans have a good point.
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