DANBURY — Throughout his campaign for a record ninth mayoral term, Republican Mark Boughton insisted that what was good for his exploratory campaign for governor was good for Danbury.

What was not clear until Tuesday was whether most voters agreed.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s municipal election showed Boughton won 63 percent of 11,000 votes cast, suggesting that Danburians not only disagreed with Democrats’ criticism that the mayor could not make a third run for governor and be an effective leader locally, but also their claims that Boughton’s heart was somehow divided.

“This is my No. 1 job and my No. 1 priority and it has to be, because Danbury is a complex city with complex needs,” Boughton said on Wednesday, one day after defeating Democratic challenger Al Almeida. “I don’t think anyone can say that I am not devoted to Danbury.”

In the months leading up to the election, Almeida accused Boughton several times of being more interested in running for the GOP nomination for governor than running the city and of treating Danbury as a consolation prize as a result. Boughton always countered that campaigning on Danbury’s story as a leading city only elevated its profile in Connecticut.

“The people understand that if I can go out and tell our success story about how we have outpaced the rest of the state during very difficult economic times, that is good for Danbury,” Boughton said. “The public has been very positive about encouraging me to explore this opportunity to run for governor.”

A political observer agreed, saying he expected Boughton to continue to trade on Danbury’s name.

“He has the ability to distance himself from President (Donald) Trump, who has pretty low job approval ratings in the state, and he’ll be able to point to all these things that he has done in Danbury and present himself as a moderate and fiscally conservative Republican who can win,” said Scott McLean, a political science professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. “He’ll be able to say ‘I know how to run the state and I know how to work with Democrats.’”

Boughton’s exploratory committee for statewide office has raised $210,000 in small contributions toward the $250,000 goal he needs to raise by June to qualify for $8 million in state election grants.

Boughton hopes to reach the goal by the end of January, when he will make a decision about whether to run.

Although in some ways he is more prepared for this campaign than in previous years, Boughton would be running in an off-year election cycle that is typically difficult for the party that holds the White House.

But Boughton said that if he does run for governor and wins the Republican nomination, the issues will be about Connecticut’s fiscal crisis and not peripheral national issues such as the popularity of the Republican president.

“My focus is going to be on putting people back to work and downsizing government,” Boughton said. “That is the way to get elected.”

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