The stage for the Nov. 8 general election is now set following Tuesday night\u2019s primaries that saw Democrats support their endorsed candidates and Republicans lean further to the right than some political observers expected. The next three months will be filled with press conferences, political attacks, TV ads and two parties that appear to be on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of beliefs, trading barbs. It\u2019s likely to get ugly, as evidenced by GOP U.S. Senate candidate Leora Levy calling an FBI raid at former President Donald Trump\u2019s Mar-a-Lago resort a \u201cwitchhunt\u201d this week and Republican Secretary of the State candidate Dominic Rapini suggesting there is voter fraud, none of which has been proven, in Connecticut elections. Rapini\u2019s Democratic opponent Stephanie Thomas made a plea to voters, especially those unaffiliated and Republican, to side with her as a way to combat misinformation and those fraud assertions. So what did we learn from the primary? Here are some takeaways: Where does the Republican Party stand? Themis Klarides represented a more moderate way of thinking for the state\u2019s GOP as a U.S. Senate candidate. Socially, she has been a moderate candidate for years and acknowledged in 2020 she did not vote for Trump. Historically, her leanings have been in line with many state Republican voters for years. That appears to have changed and there\u2019s no secret it\u2019s tied to former President Donald Trump. A more conservative faction of the party appears to have become the dominant movement of the party. It began to emerge around 2016 and here in 2022 is more than just a movement. Levy, who scored an endorsement from Trump late last week and then part of a tele-rally with him Monday night was on the phone with him again Tuesday night. This time, it was in celebration of her victory over Klarides. The role Trump\u2019s endorsement in her race is tough to judge. An important item to note about the victory is that it came in a low turnout primary in which there was no gubernatorial candidate on the ballot. But it wasn\u2019t as close as some expected either. Early Wednesday morning, results showed Levy with nearly 10,000 more votes than Klarides. Peter Lumaj scored about 9 percent of the vote. The showing for Levy likely helped Rapini score a victory as well. Up next: Levy vs. Blumenthal Levy\u2019s big win over Klarides gave her plenty of reason to celebrate Tuesday. But she faces a tall task up next in two-term U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Not only is Blumenthal popular among Democratic voters that far outweigh Republican voters in Connecticut, but the two candidates are wildly far apart on issues. No doubt, Levy will tie Blumenthal to President Joe Biden and any shortcomings he has - real or perceived. Meanwhile, Blumenthal will tie Levy back to Trump and the far right-wing section of the Republican party. Levy is unlikely to win over much of the Democratic voter support, so she will have to go hard after the unaffiliated voter. As she\u2019s proven, however, Levy isn\u2019t looking to walk a fine line on social issues - voters will know where she stands. What about Stefanowski? Now that the Republican primaries are decided it begs the question: How will Bob Stefanowski play this? Stefanowski, the Republican candidate for governor has been walking a fine line. He has carefully stated that the gun laws and restrictions in Connecticut are what they are and he isn\u2019t looking to overturn them. He has done the same with abortion rights. Meanwhile Gov. Ned Lamont has made it clear where he stands. Stefanowski isn\u2019t going to abandon his party as he runs for governor. He will be faced with questions on whether he supports Levy, or whether he supports Rapini\u2019s claims that there is voter fraud in Connecticut. He may want to keep some of that at an arms-length distance as the race for governor moves forward. Stefanowski has instead focused his campaign around tax policy, cutting spending and inflation. That\u2019s where he will clearly align with candidates and where he may stick to going forward. Democratic alignment Stephanie Thomas was endorsed by state Democrats for Secretary of the State. She won by a wide margin. Erick Russell was endorsed by state Democrats for state Treasurer. He won by a wide margin. The other statewide Democratic-endorsed candidates were able to rest easy Tuesday night without a challenger. That\u2019s all early, good news for the Democratic Party heading toward November. Their road map is now pretty simple: stay united, campaign together and spend much the next three months tying their opponents to conservative views and Trump, and being clear on where they stand on social issues. After a rough showing in terms of voter turnout, ensuring Democratic voters get out to vote in November will also be critically important. A new Bridgeport? Well, not everything was new about Bridgeport Tuesday night. Around 11 p.m., as most other races around the state had already been called, things were a bit murky in Bridgeport. The city has had a history of vote tallying problems. The night actually saw a sitting senator celebrating at one night, only to be conceding later on. That said, the city appears to be moving forward and possibly with some new blood in place. Herron Gaston, who was endorsed by Democrats, defeated incumbent Dennis Bradley. Bradley has faced felony charges after alleged campaign finance violations stemming from his first run for Senate in 2018. Meanwhile, it appeared Marcus Brown was going to unseat sitting state Rep. Jack Hennessy although the race is likely headed to a recount.