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GREENWICH — Leora Levy, a major Republican fundraiser and member of the GOP national committee, used an endorsement from Donald Trump, energized state conservatives, and exploited low turnout on one of the hottest, muggiest days of the summer to score an upset primary victory Tuesday night over Themis Klarides, the moderate former state House minority leader.
The victory for Levy, 65, turns Connecticut a little more red, with an anti-abortion conservative on track to challenge second-term U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in November. She took the podium a little after 10:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich to give a victory speech that lasted about 15 minutes.