Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has conceded Wednesday's primary election to Luke Bronin.
"I want to start by thanking each and every one of you," the mayor told his supporters Wednesday night. "You just don't know how grateful I am for you having accompanied me through this very difficult journey."
Preliminary results indicated Bronin garnered 55 percent of vote to Segarra's 45 percent. Nearly 10,000 votes were cast Wednesday.
Bronin, the Democratic Town Committee-endorsed candidate who previously served as legal adviser to Gov. Dannel Malloy, will now appear on the general election ballot as the Democratic candidate for mayor.
"Hartford Democrats voted for change," Bronin announced during a victory speech Wednesday night. "You voted for a City Hall that works for all of Hartford. You voted for accountability. You voted for leadership whose priorities are clear and unchanging: stronger schools, safer streets, and job opportunities for Hartford residents."
He seeks to unseat Segarra, who has the option to remain on the November ballot as an independent candidate.
Segarra has not yet decided whether to go forward with the general election, according to a spokesperson for his campaign.
"While I am disappointed in tonight's results, this does not change my commitment to this campaign nor the people of Hartford," Segarra said in a statement Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the head of the state Democratic Party tipped his hat to Bronin.
"I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Luke Bronin. He is an energetic leader who will undoubtedly help move Hartford forward. I look forward to working together to ensure he is elected in November," Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto said in a statement Wednesday night. "I also want to thank Mayor Segarra for his service to the city. I have tremendous respect for the Mayor, and I wish him the best."