Murphy defeats McMahon in Connecticut
Chris Murphy was pictured in 2006 campaigning with actor Ben Affleck.
November 6th, 2012
09:08 PM ET
10 years ago

Murphy defeats McMahon in Connecticut

(CNN) - In the closely watched senate race in Connecticut, Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy defeated Republican nominee and professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon, according to a CNN projection.

When the race was called, Murphy led by lopsided 60 percent to 39 percent in early tallying.

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Murphy will take over the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who sided with Democrats.

His win preserves a seat for Democrats who feared losing it to the wealthy McMahon who spent over $90 million in the last two elections to try to win a Senate seat.

The race was marked by heavy negative advertising.

Filed under: 2012 • Connecticut • Senate
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  1. Davonroe

    Viewing this race from outside CT, I thought it would be closer, if only for McMahon's money. Perhaps she still can't erase the shadow of the WWE. Also, I think she was campaigning for the wrong job. A freshman senator has little hope of enacting a job plan, no matter how worthy it is, even if her party controls the Senate. She would have been 1 out of 100. Her job plan is better suited to an executive position.

    November 6, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I heard a lot of the ads that McMahon put out. She was so negative that I kept wondering what she had to offer. I have wondered why an executive would make a good legislator. Her ads left so many parts out like Murphy and his position in the House - a member of the minority who had little influence or seniority.

    She had no way to get her dream... I mean her so called job's plan through Congress and to the president's desk; the idea of is just so laughable.

    November 6, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |