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Ganim Claims Victory In Field Of Seven Seeking Top Spot In Bridgeport

Joe Ganim declares victory at his headquarters in Bridgeport
Joe Ganim declares victory at his headquarters in Bridgeport Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Joe Ganim's supporters watch results come in on the big screen at his headquarters in Bridgeport Tuesday night.
Joe Ganim's supporters watch results come in on the big screen at his headquarters in Bridgeport Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Ernie Newton wipes away tears as he watches election results come in at Joe Ganim's headquarters Tuesday night.
Ernie Newton wipes away tears as he watches election results come in at Joe Ganim's headquarters Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Democratic candidate Joe Ganim has declared victory in Tuesday's race for mayor of Bridgeport.

Ganim claimed victory shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday as unofficial results showed him ahead of his two main opponents, Independent candidate Mary Jane Foster and Republican Enrique Torres.

Ganim served as mayor of the city from 1991 to 2003, when he was convicted on federal corruption charges and served seven years in prison.

Chants of "Let's go, Joe!" could be heard throughout Ganim's headquarters at Testo's Restaurant in Bridgeport. Supporters played "Eye of the Tiger" while they posted early results showing Democratic candidate Ganim ahead of the six other candidates vying in the mayoral race.

"We did it, baby, we did it! Redemption is real!" said Ernie Newton, a former state senator from Bridgeport who was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2005.

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