McMahon crushes opponents to win Senate nomination


No steel chairs were thrown, but former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has won the Republican nomination to seek a US Senate seat representing Connecticut. She is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT).

McMahon, who spent heavily from her own WWE fortune in her first bid for office, won 49% of the vote to 28% for former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT), who made a surprise late return to campaigning last month after dropping out when McMahon won the state GOP convention endorsement. Financial blogger and businessman Peter Schiff, who regularly appears on TV business programs, received 22% of the vote.

Now it’s on to the November general election, where McMahon faces Democratic nominee Richard Blumenthal, the state’s current Attorney General. He had no primary opposition and continues to lead in polling, despite a scandal over his misrepresentation of his military service.