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Rubin Rallies Republicans

After two rounds of voting, Stephen Rubin won the Republican Party nomination for Connecticut's 136th District state Assembly seat. He'll have to pass one more challenge before focusing on his Democratic opponent, Jonathan Steinberg.

"There will be a primary," said Nitzy Cohen as the crowd filtered out of the Bedford Middle School where the Republicans held their caucus last night. Cohen and Allen Levy both sought the party nomination against Rubin.

Out of 190 votes cast in the first round, Rubin won with 87 votes, Cohen took 63 and Levy had 40 ballots in his favor. Under the rules, the candidate with the fewest votes is dropped for a second ballot. Before that round, Levy announced from the stage, "I will not be primarying because I think primaries are self-serving. With 177 voters participating, Rubin won the second round, 94-83.

About Cohen's plans, Republican Town Committee Chairman Bob Zappi said a it's democratic right to seek a primary, but doing so fractures and weakens the party. To force a primary, Cohen will need 250 petition signatures.

Cohen did not make a speech, but shook hands and told supporters on the way that she wasn't giving up. This is the second time Cohen has run for the 136th District seat. Two years ago, she lost to Democratic incumbent Joe Mioli, who is not seeking re-election.

"I think she has shown that she is a professional losing candidate," said Rubin. "What she should do is make an attempt to work together, get together and fight together and not let Jonathan Steinberg win in November."

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