J. R. Romano
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Republicans Re-elect State Party Chairman

J.R. Romano was elected on to a third two-year term as state chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party, surviving a challenge.

Last week, the 74-member State Central Committee overwhelmingly voted for Romano, who originally won the post four years ago.

Susan Hatfield of Pomfret, the party’s nominee for attorney general last year, and an early supporter of Donald J. Trump in 2016, was elected the GOP's vice chair without opposition, succeeding John Slater.

Hatfield is a state prosecutor from eastern Connecticut, a part of the state that has been trending Republican, even as some traditional GOP suburbs in Fairfield County have gone Democratic since the election of Trump. The president’s re-election campaign had two representatives at the meeting, a reminder that the 2020 presidential campaign was well under way.

With 463,168 registered voters, Republicans now comprise 21 percent of the Connecticut electorate, compared to 792,555 Democrats and 877,392 unaffiliated voters.