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Minnie Gonzalez

How Luke Bronin Captured The Primary

Luke Bronin

HARTFORD — When Mayor Pedro Segarra stormed out of the Democrats' nominating convention in July, moments before the party endorsement went to challenger Luke Bronin, he declared that he would take the fight to the streets.

But the battle may already have been lost in Hartford's North End, a key base of black voters where activists and neighborhood leaders say they have long felt neglected by city leadership.

Bronin, the first-time political candidate who scored a decisive victory over Segarra in Wednesday's primary, had reached out to north Hartford's most influential residents months earlier — in some cases, more than a year ago — and convinced them he was...