Ex-WWE Chief Linda McMahon Wins GOP Senate Primary

Linda McMahon, with millions of dollars at her disposal, handily won the GOP Connecticut senate slot on Tuesday, beating former Rep. Rob Simmons and Peter Schiff while setting up an expected tight battle with Democratic nominee Richard Blumenthal.

It was the second time in over three months that McMahon, who ran the World Wrestling Entertainment with her husband Vince from 1980 until last year, defeated Simmons and Schiff. McMahon, a neophyte in the political arena, got the GOP nod in a party convention back in May but Simmons and Schiff gathered enough signatures to put their names in the primary ballot.

McMahon, with her vast campaign funds, is expected to put up a good fight in the November 2 elections against Blumenthal, who has been fumbling in his early campaign. However, Democratic Senate Campaign Committee head Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey believes McMahon’s association with the WWE would work to her disadvantage. “Under her watch, violence was peddled to kids, steroid abuse was rampant, yet she made her millions,” Menendez said.

McMahon is focusing her campaign on the economy, which, according to her, has not been given much concern by President Barack Obama’s administration. “This election is about jobs. The American Dream is threatened, but Washington continues its reckless spending, massive debt and tax increases. It’s time for something different,” she said in her victory speech.

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