Election 2018: Haskell defeats Boucher for 26th district seat

Democrat Will Haskell, left, stands with State Rep Jonathan Steinberg during a post election party at the Little Barn in Westport. — Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media photo

Will Haskell, the 22-year-old Democrat from New Canaan, has defeated longtime Republican incumbent Toni Boucher for the 26th district state senate seat.

Throughout his campaign, Haskell said his top three priorities will be gun violence, paid family leave, and transportation funding.

Boucher, 68, a Republican from Wilton, was running for a sixth term. She served as the Senate’s chief deputy majority leader, was co-chair of the Transportation and Education committees, and was vice chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

Haskell unofficially won in Ridgefield, edging Boucher 5,824 to 5,575 votes. He won Westport in a landslide, while Boucher collected smaller sized wins in Wilton and Bethel.

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