HARTFORD, Conn. (CN) - Connecticut voters re-elected Gov. Dannel Malloy without getting the tally from Hartford where polls stayed open late to compensate for missing voter lists.
Malloy took the stage at the Society Room in Hartford around 12:30 a.m. to announce what he believed would be a convincing victory over his Republican challenger Tom Foley.
"We don't have the final numbers, but we know what the big numbers are. ... We are going to win this thing," Malloy said.
At the Hyatt in Greenwich Foley admitted to his supporters "we probably have lost this race, but I'm not going to confirm we've lost it until we're sure we've lost it. When we've done that, we'll call Gov. Malloy and let him know," he said.
Part of Foley's strategy in his rematch this year against Malloy was to increase his vote in Connecticut's three largest cities: Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport.
Foley admitted he didn't expect to win the cities, which lean toward Democrats, but he thought he could do about 2,000 votes better in each.
Neither campaign expected they would be in court for three hours Tuesday over possibly 10 of the 24 polling locations in Hartford opening without voter checklists.
Superior Court Judge Carl Schuman kept just two of those sites open till 8:30 p.m., an additional half-hour, Tuesday.
His decision relied on testimony offered by two witnesses from the polling sites at Bachelder School and the United Methodist Church. Schuman also called for an investigation into the missing voter lists.
Attorneys Gregg Adler and John Gale testified to having witnessed voters unable to vote because of the actions of the election officials in those locations.
In some cases people were reportedly turned away while others signed affidavits to verify their identities and vote without being checked off the voter list.
Republican Party spokesman Zak Sanders said the understanding was "that any issues at Hartford polling locations were resolved by 7 a.m. this morning."
Representing Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley's campaign, attorney Herb Shepardson called three witnesses to the stand who visited polling places in Hartford that didn't experience the problems.
Shepardson argued that any voters unable to vote at 6 a.m. still had plenty of time to return to the polls. "They vote at 6 a.m. cause they don't like lines," Shepardson said. "It doesn't mean they can't come back."
The Election Day lawsuit brought by Democratic Gov. Malloy's campaign sought a one-hour extension of voting in Hartford.
The governor was among those forced to wait - about 20 minutes to vote at the Hartford Seminary. After a rally in Manchester Tuesday morning, the governor had said "some of the districts may have been without those for the first hour and a half."