East Lyme, Old Lyme Help Lift Martha Marx to Victory in Third Run for State Senate

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In her third run for the 20th Senate District – and the first time for an open seat – Democrat Martha Marx flipped the district blue by winning two more towns to add to her New London base where voters have provided her sole majorities in the last two elections. 

The 20th District includes the towns of Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Salem, Waterford.

In the 2018 and 2020 elections, Marx carried about 70 percent of the vote in New London, but did not receive more than 50 percent of the vote in any of the other towns in the district, according to data from the Secretary of the State.

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In the last off-year election in 2018, Marx won 48 percent of the total vote compared to 52 percent for incumbent State Sen. Paul Formica – a margin of 1,827 votes out of 39,665 cast in the election.

On Tuesday, that margin flipped with Marx taking 52 percent of the vote and Jerry Labriola Jr., taking 48 percent – a winning margin of 1709 out of 37,711 votes. 

And this year Marx added majorities in East Lyme – by 53.5 percent or 643 votes toward her margin of victory – and Old Lyme with 52.4 percent or 204 votes toward her winning margin, according to data provided by the Secretary of he State.

Marx improved on her vote margins, by percent, in every town in the district this election compared to 2018 and 2020, except New London.