Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) defeated Republican businessman Tom Foley in one of the nation's highest profile gubernatorial contests.
Malloy beat Foley by just 6,200 votes in 2010, so the race constituted a rematch for the two candidates. Malloy served as the mayor of Stamford, Connecticut before he became governor. Foley was the U.S Ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush and also worked for the Departments of Defense and State.
Perhaps the defining moment of Malloy's four-year term was the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in December of 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Malloy signed a package of gun control measures after the shooting, earning him the wrath of gun rights groups. Foley, for his part, worked to avoid discussing gun control measures he'd support while criticizing the new laws.
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