Governor-elect Dan Malloy is beginning to put a transition team together to take over from Gov. M. Jodi Rell.
On Wednesday afternoon, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, a Democrat, declared him the winner, based on unofficial results that show Malloy ahead by 3,103 votes.
Tom Foley, Malloy’s Republican opponent, has not yet conceded because his numbers show that he won the election..
When asked what he would do if there is a legal challenge, Malloy said “I am confident about what is going to happen.”
Tim Bannon will lead Malloy’s transition team. Bannon serves as president and executive director of the Board of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.
"We are moving forward in a very formal way, to establish a Malloy-Wyman administration," Malloy said.
Foley was in the lead for most of Tuesday night, but the state's largest city, Bridgeport, put Malloy in the lead.
On Wednesday, Foley said he will compare the town-by-town totals from Bysiewicz's office with his numbers to see where the discrepancies are and decide what to do from there. Bysiewicz was wrong to declare Malloy the winner based on incomplete, unofficial numbers, Foley said.
Bysiewicz said she expects Foley’s campaign and the Republicans would take legal action because they fought keeping the polls open late.
Part of the issue in delaying voting results is that Bridgeport elections officials ordered only 21,000 ballots for a city with 69,000 registered voters and 12 precincts ran out.
The voting hours were extended for two hours and about 500 people cast votes during that time, according to Bysiewicz.
Bysiewicz said the votes will be certified by Nov. 25 and that a recount would only be triggered if the race were within 2,000 votes.
The City of New Haven released it numbers and said 21,108 voters chose Malloy and 3,500 chose Foley, without factoring in absentee ballots. In Bridgeport, 19,148 voted for Malloy and 6,502 voted for Foley.
The last statewide recount was for secretary of the state in 1994.