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Blumenthal, Himes Thinking Of History As They Cast Ballots In Greenwich

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, at left, with his wife Mary, supporter Peter Berg and at right Dan Pelletier, husband of Democratic state Representative candidate Dita Bhargava, outside Central Middle School in Greenwich after casting their ballots.
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, at left, with his wife Mary, supporter Peter Berg and at right Dan Pelletier, husband of Democratic state Representative candidate Dita Bhargava, outside Central Middle School in Greenwich after casting their ballots. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his wife prepare to buy Girl Scout cookies from sisters Sarah, left, and Isabella, right, just prior to voting at Glenville School in Greenwich.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his wife prepare to buy Girl Scout cookies from sisters Sarah, left, and Isabella, right, just prior to voting at Glenville School in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Sen. Richard Blumenthal casting  his ballot at Glenville School Tuesday morning.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal casting his ballot at Glenville School Tuesday morning. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

GREENWICH, Conn. -- As the nation prepares to elect its 45th president, two of Fairfield County's top elected federal Democrats said Tuesday the nation is on the verge of making history by electing its first female president.

“I’m hoping that we have the first woman president and that the voters of Connecticut re-elect me,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said as he arrived at Glenville School in Greenwich accompanied by his wife, Cynthia, to vote.

Meanwhile, over at Central Middle School in Greenwich, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District) spoke of the pride he had in the country for electing Barack Obama as the nation's first black president, and being on the verge of electing Hillary Clinton.

"At a time of great national division economic insecurity the Democratic Party put into place the first African-American president and is on the cusp of doing that for the first woman president," Himes said. "That in and of itself is a real step forward for this country."

Both Himes and Blumenthal are seeking re-election this fall. Blumenthal is facing a challenge from state Rep. Dan Carter for the U.S. Senate seat. Himes is running against state Rep. John Shaban for the 4th Congressional District, which includes most of Fairfield County: Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, part of Shelton Stamford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton as well as Oxford in New Haven County.

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