Ned Lamont to Announce Run for Governor in Connecticut

Ned Lamont, who upset Joe Lieberman in the August 2006 Democratic primary before losing to Lieberman in the general election, will announce that he is a candidate for governor in the Nutmeg State according to the Hartford Courant.

Greenwich cable television entrepreneur Ned Lamont will officially announce Tuesday morning that he is running for governor.

The announcement will be made at the Old State House in downtown Hartford, which is the same site where Lamont launched his candidacy against U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman.

Lamont will be joining a field in which three Democrats have already dropped out - Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz of Middletown, former House Speaker James Amann of Milford, and state Sen. Gary LeBeau of East Hartford. The race has become wide open since Gov. M. Jodi Rell's announcement last year that she was not seeking re-election.

Ned Lamont will enter the race as the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic nomination. In the most recent Quinnipiac University poll, Lamont polled 27 percent well ahead former Stamford mayor Dannel Malloy who had 11 percent. Three others - Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi and former state Rep. Juan Figueroa of Meriden - are also in the Democratic race but polling in the low single digits.

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