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GOP Candidates For State House Battle Long Odds – Again – In Heavily Democratic Hartford

GOP Candidates For State House Battle Long Odds – Again – In Heavily Democratic Hartford

They've gained traction in political circles, but the Republicans seeking spots in Hartford's legislative delegation still face a daunting task in this left-leaning city.

The party will make an impressive showing on next month's ballot, with Republican candidates taking on Democrats for six of the eight open seats – four in the House and two in the Senate. But getting elected in Hartford – where Democrats outnumber Republicans 18-to-1 – is no easy feat.

"It would take a miracle, frankly," said Barbara Ruhe, a Republican who is challenging Democratic Sen. John Fonfara. "It's such a tough district."

Party leaders say that...

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