Former World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Chief Executive Officer Linda McMahon won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Connecticut, setting up a November matchup with Democrat Richard Blumenthal.
McMahon, 61, defeated former U.S. Representative Rob Simmons and Peter Schiff, president of Westport, Connecticut- based Euro Pacific Capital Inc., in today’s primary, according to the Associated Press.
With about 50 percent of the vote counted, McMahon had 49 percent to 29 percent for Simmons and 22 percent for Schiff, according to AP.
Blumenthal, 64, who has been Connecticut’s attorney general since 1991, ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination to fill the seat of retiring Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, a Democrat.
A poll by Quinnipiac University completed earlier this month gave Blumenthal a 10 percentage point lead over McMahon, 50 percent to 40 percent. The survey of registered voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points. In a Quinnipiac poll released July 16, Blumenthal had a 17 percentage point lead. In a June survey he was ahead by 20 percentage points.
“The McMahon-Blumenthal Senate race in Connecticut could be a real smackdown, as the Republican has the money and momentum, cutting into Blumenthal’s lead month-to-month,” said Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in Hamden, Connecticut.(continues here)