Democrat Chris Murphy wins Connecticut Senate race

November 6, 2012

Rep. Chris Murphy (D) won the race to replace retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I) in Connecticut on Tuesday, turning back a strong challenge from Republican Linda McMahon. 

(Jessica Hill/Associated Press)

Murphy led McMahon 55 percent to 43 percent with 14 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. The Washington Post has called the race for Murphy. 

While Murphy's win comes in a strongly Democratic state, it didn't arrive without the help of national Democratic allies. McMahon, former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, ran a strong campaign that made an early effort to reach out to women and moderate voters. The result was a competitive contest for much of the fall. 

Murphy overcame tough headlines in the fall campaign about a 2007 foreclosure on his home and his failure to pay rent in 2003. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ran ads on his behalf, shoring up the congressman's support against the self-funding McMahon. 

For McMahon, Tuesday's defeat means two straight Senate race losses, both of which were financially costly. Through Oct. 17, McMahon had loaned her campaign nearly $40 million, campaign finance records show. She spent about $50 million in 2010,  when she came up short in an open race against now-Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D).

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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