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Reid, Schumer applaud Lamont victory

RAW STORY
Published: Wednesday August 9, 2006

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today joined with colleague Chuch Schumer (D-NY) in applauding the victory of challenger Ned Lamont over incumbent Democrat Joe Lieberman (D-CT), RAW STORY has learned.

In a joint statement today, the two Senators claimed that Lieberman's defeat was a positive sign of Democratic prospects in November.

The statement, in its entirety, follows:

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"The Democratic voters of Connecticut have spoken and chosen Ned Lamont as their nominee. Both we and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) fully support Mr. Lamont's candidacy. Congratulations to Ned on his victory and on a race well run.

"Joe Lieberman has been an effective Democratic Senator for Connecticut and for America. But the perception was that he was too close to George Bush and this election was, in many respects, a referendum on the President more than anything else. The results bode well for Democratic victories in November and our efforts to take the country in a new direction."