Gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley defeated state senator John McKinney in Connecticut's Republican primary last night.

After a feisty campaign and a heated debate on Sunday, senate minority leader McKinney conceded. From the Hartford Courant:

"At the end of the day, Tom Foley ran a better race,'' McKinney said in his concession speech at about 9:40 p.m., adding that it was "the best campaign in my life.''

McKinney added, "Governor Malloy has insulted every single public school teacher in the state of Connecticut. … Dan Malloy is the wrong governor for the state of Connecticut. … Let's elect Tom Foley as governor of the state of Connecticut.''

Foley, a businessman and former ambassador, will attempt to unseat Gov. Dan Malloy in November in what will amount to déjà vu for Connecticut residents. The two faced off in an open race in 2010, and Foley lost by just 0.5 percent, or 6,404 votes.

One major difference this time around, aside from Malloy's incumbent status, is his low approval ratings amid high unemployment and his $1.5 billion tax hike.

Foley led Malloy 48 to 41 percent in a CBS/NY Times/YouGov poll last month among voters supporting or leaning towards either candidate. The race is considered to be one of a handful of hotly contested toss-ups among this cycle's gubernatorial races.

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