Rhode Island and Connecticut voters sent two veteran politicians packing in Democratic gubernatorial primaries last week.
Rhode Island Gov. Bruce G. Sundlun, who was seeking his third term, was resoundingly defeated by state Sen. Myrth York, while Connecticut Senate president John B. Larson was upset by Comptroller William Curry.
York received about 57,000 votes, or 57% of votes cast, to Sundlun's 27,000 votes, or 27%. York will face former U.S. attorney Lincoln Almond in the November general election. The winner will serve a four-year term as governor. Sundlun and all Rhode Island governors served two-year terms.
Sundlun was responsible for seeing the state through a prolonged banking crisis, but was criticized during his current term for switching from an opponent to a supporter of casino gambling. Also to voters' dismay, he admitted last year that he fathered a child out of wedlock about20 years ago.
In the Connecticut general election, Curry will face John G. Rowland, the Republican candidate; Eunice Groark, candidate of A Connecticut Party; and Independence Party candidate Tom Scott.
The hotly contested governor's race came after incumbent Lowell S. Weicker said earlier this year that he would not seek a second term.