[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/31/art.dodd0731.gi.jpg caption="Several Republicans in Connecticut are vying to take on Sen. Chris Dodd."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Pro- wrestling businesswoman Linda McMahon announced Wednesday she would run for Senate in Connecticut next year as a Republican.
McMahon, former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, describes herself as a "different kind of candidate" who will run a "different kind of campaign."
"With your help, we are going to change Washington and start making Washington work for ordinary people," she said in a statement posted on her campaign Web site.
She pledged to "help" finance the campaign with the fortune she made from her wrestling empire and limit contributions to $100.
McMahon joins a crowded primary of Republicans hoping to challenge embattled Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd in 2010.
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