Former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty won the Democratic primary in Connecticut's 5th District Tuesday, defeating state House Speaker Chris Donovan, the one-time favorite.
With 73 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race with Esty leading Donovan 43 percent to 35 percent, followed by businessman Dan Roberti at 23 percent.
Esty's campaign surged ahead in recent weeks as Donovan struggled to deal with a federal investigation into his campaign's fundraising practices. Thanks to help from a local super PAC and a personal loan to the campaign, Roberti also emerged as a contender in the wake of Donovan's legal troubles.
Donovan's loss is good news for national Democrats, as his lingering legal problems would have made him vulnerable in the Democratic-leaning district.
State Sen. Andrew Roraback won the Republican primary Tuesday, but with Donovan out of the picture, Esty is the favorite to win in November.
Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy, who currently represents the district, won the Democratic nomination in the state's Senate race Tuesday.
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