Dan Malloy was endorsed by the Connecticut Democrats today as their candidate for governor by a slim margin of only four votes. The vote itself was marred by challenges to the votes of several delegations.
After the first roll call vote, DeStefano appeared to be leading Malloy 800-797, according to an unofficial count by CT-N and others. However, delegations were allowed to change their votes, and it appeared that after several delegations changed their votes that Malloy was ahead. Dan Malloy was seen moving all over the floor, as were many of his staff, before votes were changed.
The changed votes of Norwich, Danbury, West Haven, Hartford and Waterbury were challenged. The challenges to Norwich and Danbury were denied, but Malloy was left with enough votes to win the convention by the smallest of margins.
I will report more on this tomorrow, but Malloy was able to get enough votes through the competency of his own staff, and through the force of his own personality. John DeStefano will now come under enormous pressure to drop out before the August primary.
I am going home, now. This was an incredibly exciting convention to witness! The blog coverage of the convention was outstanding (look for photos and video from many sources, including myself, CT Bob, Connecticut Blog and others), and has established a great precedent for the involvement of citizen journalists in the future.