You can now call Rep. Eric Berthel "senator-elect."
Berthel, a Republican state representative in the 68th District, won a three-way race to fill the 32nd District seat left vacant when Sen. Robert Kane resigned to become Republican State Auditor. According to various reports, Berthel won 55 percent of the vote, with turnout at 18 percent.
You can read the Republican-American's story here, the Courant's story here, and CTMirror.org's story here.
The bottom line from Tuesday's election is that the Senate remains evenly split, with 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans.
I will say there is some strange analysis coming out of the results in the 32nd District. There was a lot of outside money spent in this brief race -- on both sides -- and the Democrats tried to make it a referendum on President Trump. But this race was never about Congress or Washington, it was about Hartford, and Berthel won 55 percent of the vote in a three-way race.
Still, Democrats are taking Democratic challenger Greg Cava's showing, with 44 percent of the vote in a strongly Republican district, as some kind of rebuke to the president. Wishing, however, doesn't make it so. Yes, Cava got a higher percentage of the vote than usual for a Democrat in this district, but he wasn't close to winning even with a motivated Democratic effort.
It seems to me, anyway, that the effort to fight Gov. Malloy's budget policies trumped the effort to make this special election about the president. (Sorry, couldn't resist the pun.)