Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy and 2010 GOP nominee Linda McMahon easily won their respective primaries in the Connecticut Senate race and will face off in November.
With 21 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the Republican race with McMahon leading Shays 75 percent to 25 percent. With 28 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the Democratic race with Murphy leading former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz 68 percent to 32 percent.
The self-funding McMahon lost in 2010 after pouring $50 million of her own money into her bid, and is self-funding to a large extent again. Shays's campaign was poorly funded, and he never gained the traction needed to catch up to McMahon. Murphy, the favorite of the Democratic establishment, stayed well ahead of Bysiewicz throughout the primary contest.
As Murphy and McMahon were both expected to win, the two were already focusing their fire on each other towards the end of the primary: Murphy has attacked McMahon on WWE, and McMahon is up with an ad hitting Murphy for saying his jobs plans is a "work in progress." The DSCC, once the race was called, slammed McMahon as a "greedy CEO who made millions marketing sex and violence to little kids, all at the expense of the health and safety of her own employees."
McMahon has the ability to continue self-funding throughout the general election, and has worked to re-craft her image since her 2010 loss. But in a Democratic-leaning state where President Obama is expected to win, she'll face an uphill battle against Murphy.
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