McMahon, Murphy to face off in November

9:48 p.m.: Former pro wrestling executive Linda McMahon and U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy will face off in November for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman.

McMahon trounced former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays in a Republican Primary, the result called by the Associated Press less than 40 minutes after polls closed.

Murphy soundly defeated former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz in the Democratic Primary.

Shays edged McMahon in Fairfield, 51% (3,529 votes to 49% (3,459).

Murphy prevailed over Bysiewicz in Fairfield, 2,086 votes to 1,565.

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Minutes after AP called the GOP race, Shays called McMahon from his Stratford office to concede.

“I congratulate her on her victory and she has my support and vote,” Shays told those at his headquarters.

Shays said he stands by his campaign and does not agree with how McMahon ran hers, but he agrees with her positions more than those held by Murphy.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee came out swinging against McMahon.

“Linda McMahon is a greedy CEO who made millions marketing sex and violence to little kids, all at the expense of the health and safety of her own employees,” Executive Director Guy Cecil said. “If her business record wasn’t bad enough, her support for the reckless Romney-Ryan agenda that would essentially end Medicare in order to give billionaires more tax cuts would be devastating for Connecticut’s middle-class. Everything about McMahon’s record, principles, and agenda prove that she is wrong for Connecticut. There isn’t enough money in the world to convince Connecticut voters otherwise.”

8:56 p.m.: The Associated Press has declared U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy winner of the Democratic U.S. Senate primary over former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.

8:39 p.m.: The Associated Press has called the Republican Primary for Linda McMahon. Officially there is just 19% of the votes in, with McMahon garnering 75% of them (17,801) to Shays’ 5,963.

Shays arrived at his Stratford headquarters at 8:45 p.m., and told supporters, “I need to make a phone call and I’ll be right back.”

Polls in Connecticut closed at 8 p.m., as Republicans and Democrats chose their candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman.

Republicans chose between Linda McMahon, endorsed at the convention, and former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays.

The Democratic primary pitted endorsed candidate Rep. Christopher Murphy against former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.

In the 132nd District in Fairfield, Democrats chose between Susan Brand and Kevin Coyner as their candidate for General Assembly.

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