Arizona Senator John McCain swept to an easy victory in Connecticut's Republican presidential primary Tuesday, as state GOP voters again showed their preference for independent-minded candidates.
With 81 percent of votes counted, McCain led former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 52% to 32%.
McCain had the backing of Governor M. Jodi Rell and Independent Senator Joe Lieberman, who was the other co-chairman of the state effort.
Connecticut Congressman Christopher Shays also threw his support behind McCain. Shays joined McCain supporters at Eli's on Whitney in Hamden, Connecticut. Soon after McCain's victory was announced, he spoke with John Dankosky and Hartford Courant Columnist Bill Curry during WNPR's Special Primary Coverage.