Senator Joseph Crisco, who was seeking his thirteenth term in the 17th state senate district, was upset by newcomer, republican George Logan in a race that many insiders predicted as a “race to watch” and a possible pickup by the GOP as they gained seats at the state capitol. Senator Crisco’s seat had become moxare vulnerable over the past few elections as he won a narrow re-election in 2014, defeating republican challenger Philip Tripp by fewer than 3,000 votes. Logan, an Aquarian Water Company Executive from Ansonia, ran in his first race with the support of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. Logan’s campaign strategy focused on mailers and local ads tying Crisco to Governor Dan Malloy. The unofficial tally was Logan 21,146 to Crisco’s 19,741. The 17th district includes the southwestern part of Hamden, Woodbridge, Bethany, Ansonia, Beacon Falls and a large part of Naugatuck.