"At the end of the day, Tom Foley ran a better race,'' McKinney said in his concession speech at about 9:40 p.m., adding that it was "the best campaign in my life.''
McKinney added, "Governor Malloy has insulted every single public school teacher in the state of Connecticut. … Dan Malloy is the wrong governor for the state of Connecticut. … Let's elect Tom Foley as governor of the state of Connecticut.''
Foley, a businessman and former ambassador, will attempt to unseat Gov. Dan Malloy in November in what will amount to déjà vu for Connecticut residents. The two faced off in an open race in 2010, and Foley lost by just 0.5 percent, or 6,404 votes.
One major difference this time around, aside from Malloy's incumbent status, is his low approval ratings amid high unemployment and his $1.5 billion tax hike.
Foley led Malloy 48 to 41 percent in a CBS/NY Times/YouGov poll last month among voters supporting or leaning towards either candidate. The race is considered to be one of a handful of hotly contested toss-ups among this cycle's gubernatorial races.
After the mass shooting Connecticut today, Rep. Dennis Kucinich reiterated his support for a "Department of Peace."
"It is long past time that we take an organized approach to addressing the violence in our society and that is exactly what the proposal for a cabinet level Department of Peace is all about. We must reject violence and take an organized approach to averting violence," said the congressman in a prepared statement.
President Barack Obama cried while delivering remarks on the horrific shooting today in Connecticut:
We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years," said Obama. "And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would -- as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do."
Republican Linda McMahon, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, released her first television ad of the cycle. The 60-second ad will run statewide and features McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, telling her personal story. Watch the ad below: