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Bob Godfrey

Trump Leads In Land Of New England Republican

Trump Leads In Land Of New England Republican

HARTFORD — The surging popularity of Donald Trump is clashing with a decades-old Connecticut tradition personified by the genteel New England Republican who is fiscally conservative and socially inclusive.

In Connecticut, the Republican party has been dominated by nationally prominent figures such as former U.S. Sens. Prescott Bush and Lowell Weicker, along with former U.S. Reps. Stewart McKinney, Rob Simmons, and Chris Shays — political leaders who appear to have little in common with the GOP front-runner.

"Donald Trump is the most egotistical person I have ever met, and I've met him,'' Shays said in an interview. "There's no way you could claim him as a...