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  • Flowers defeats Bonini in a tight treasurer's race

  • Democrat Chip Flowers defeated Republican Colin Bonini in a state treasurer's race that ran all the way down to the wire.


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  • Democrat Chip Flowers defeated Republican Colin Bonini in a state treasurer's race that ran all the way down to the wire.
    Flowers, an attorney and political newcomer, received 51 percent of the vote on Nov. 2 and defeated Bonini by 6,121 votes, with statewide turnout reported at 49 percent.
    He attributed much of his victory to the work his campaign did getting his message across to voters throughout the state, he said.
    "We spread the message of returning prosperity," he said. "This election was about geting this economy moving again."
    Flowers also acknowledged the boost he received from endorsements, particularly that of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
    Bonini, an outgoing state senator, met his narrow defeat with a sense of humor.
    “I have without a doubt the best staff of anybody to run statewide,” Bonini said. “And if you want to know if I’m a true financial conservative, just ask them what I paid them.”
    "We came close in what was turned out to be an extraordinarily difficult year, with the top of our ticket not performing as well as we had hoped,” Bonini said.
    For Flowers' part, he said the top of the Democratic ticket, and the amount of press attention Chris Coons and John Carney received, likely gave his campaign a jolt.
    "Their races received national attention and that may have helped out down the ballot," he said.
    His first priority as treasurer will be to do an assessment of the office and the work its employees are doing, he said, before be embarks on a plan to get the state's economy moving.
    Bonini, who left quickly after his concession speech, thanked his staff and his family and then told the party faithful plainly, “This is not the last you heard from Colin Bonini.”
    He did not elaborate on his future political plans.

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