HARTFORD - (AP) - Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut'slongtime attorney general, won the state's hotly contested U.S.Senate race on Tuesday, defeating a multimillionaire formerwrestling executive and keeping the seat in Democratic control.
With 3 percent of precincts reporting, Blumenthal had 51 percentof the vote to McMahon's 46 percent.
Blumenthal, 64, will fill the seat that's been held by Sen.Chris Dodd since 1981. Dodd did not seek re-election.
Blumenthal, the state's attorney general for two decades, soldhimself to voters as someone who has fought special interests ontheir behalf and will do so again if elected to the U.S. Senate.
He won despite an early controversy in the campaign, when heconceded he had misspoken on several occasions about his militaryservice, saying he had served in Vietnam when he was actuallystatewide in the Marine Reserve.
McMahon's campaign took credit for the story, which firstappeared in The New York Times, and accused Blumenthal throughoutthe campaign of being a liar, but the sting of the controversywaned.
McMahon, 62, was expected to have spent at least $50 million ofher own money on her first political campaign, which began lastfall when she left her job as the CEO of World WrestlingEntertainment.
While she touted herself as a successful businesswoman who couldbring change to Washington, controversies involving the WWE doggedher throughout the Republican primary and general election.
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