Updated: Little changes after 2012 election

After an election held amid a sluggish economy and gridlocked government, nothing has changed.

President Barack Obama Tuesday apparently was elected to a second term, while Republicans retained control in Congress.

The seat in Congress that represents Fairfield County remained in Democratic hands, as incumbent Jim Himes beat Republican challenger Steve Obsitnik.

Fairfield’s legislative contingent remains unchanged, with Republican Sen. John McKinney, Rep. Brenda Kupchick and Rep. Tony Hwang, as well as Democratic Rep. Kim Fawcett, elected to new 2-year terms.

The only change was one known long before Election Day, when Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman announced he would not seek a new term. Democrat Chris Murphy turned back Republican Linda McMahon, who again spent tens of millions of dollars trying to get elected to the Senate.

According to results posted on the Town of Fairfield website:

The Obama/Joe Biden ticket edged Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Fairfield, 15,282 to 14,352.

Murphy carried Fairfield in the Senate race by just 400 votes in Fairfield, 14,423 to 14,012.

Himes carried nine of 10 districts in Fairfield in votes cast at polling places Tuesday, winning handily even where voters went Republican for president and Senate. Himes topped Obsitnik in Fairfield, 15,797 to 12,740.

There was little drama in the races for state office.

In the 132ndDistrict, where incumbent Kupchick beat Democrat Sue Brand 6,809 to 5,685.

In the 133rdDistrict, hard fought to the last day with police called to the polling place at North Stratfield School for a dispute (see related story), Fawcett won a new term over Republican Chris DeSanctis, 5,948 to 3,645

Hwang won the Fairfield portion of the 134thDistrict over Democrat Heather Dean 4,268 to 2,145. Hwang won the Trumbull portion of the district 3,103-1,715.

McKinney, running unopposed, earned the most votes of anyone on the ballot, 18,931.

Both registrars of voters won re-election, with Republican Roger Autuori recording 13,488 votes, Democrat Matt Waggner 13,246.

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