Rep. Himes Keeps Connecticut House Seat

The Democrat defeated Republican Dan Debicella to represent the Gold Coast in Congress.

Democratic Rep. Jim Himes has defeated Republican Dan Debicella to claim a fourth term representing Connecticut's Gold Coast in Congress.

Connecticut's 4th District includes Bridgeport, the state's largest city, and New York City's affluent suburbs.

Himes is a former banker who in 2008 became the first Democrat elected to represent the district in more than 40 years. On the campaign trail, he has touted his support for infrastructure improvements and efforts to curb the federal budget deficit.

Debicella is a former state senator who was also the Republican candidate for the U.S. House seat in 2010.

Debicella had criticized Himes for not doing more to fix major traffic jams on local highways and recurring problems on the Metro-North Railroad. 

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