Linda McMahon Wins GOP Endorsement, Will Likely Face Murphy
It’s another go for former WWE Chief Executive Officer Linda McMahon. The failed Connecticut senate candidate has once more won the GOP nomination, and this time is likely to face Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy, who has been leading the race for endorsement from his party.
McMahon won the endorsement with 60 percent of the vote, beating former Republican Rep. Chris Shays. Shays did receive enough votes to still qualify for the primary, however, a move that McMahon is strongly encouraging him to refuse. “All of the candidates vying with me for the nomination this evening are leaders with great ability who love our state and this country, but now is the time to unite and make our case to all Connecticut voters that we offer a better path to prosperity than what the professional politicians are offering,” she said in a post convention statement.
McMahom self-financed a large portion of her 2010 loss to Democrat Richard Blumenthal, spending over $40 million in her own funds. It is highly likely that she will be forced to spend at least that amount again.
Murphy still faces challenger Susan Bysiewicz in the Democratic primary, although Murphy has so far managed to garner a large share of the Democratic institutional support. The winner of each primary will face off to replace Sen. Joe Lieberman in November.
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