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McMahon, Murphy Take Manchester, State Races

The candidates who will vie for Joe Lieberman's U.S. Senate seat have been chosen. The national parties have their eyes on the race and one hand on their wallets. And try as you might, you can't find a politico who's neutral about it. Let the games begin!

Manchester voters followed the larger state trend Tuesday and picked Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy in the Republican and Democratic primaries for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Joseph Lieberman. 

McMahon won the Republican vote in Manchester over Christopher Shays by a margin of 1,070 to 367. 

Murphy took the Democratic vote in Manchester over Susan Bysiewicz 1,506 to 727. 

McMahon and Murphy have earned the right to square off on Nov. 6 to succeed Lieberman in the U.S. Senate.

Both candidates easily dispatched their opponents in Tuesday's primaries, treating them like mere tuneups for November's main event. As of 10 p.m., McMahon was soundly defeating former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays with 76% of the vote and Murphy was cruising by Bysiewicz, the former Secretary of the State, by a comfortable 66% to 34% margin.

That main event could be a hardscrabble affair, with Republicans desperate to break a 23-year Senatorial drought (remember Lowell Weicker in the eighties?) with the laser-focused McMahon, and the Democrats countering with the tireless and popular Fifth District U.S. Rep. Murphy.

McMahon, who was called the winner before 9 p.m., fired the opening salvo in her victory speech.

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"We have it within our power to restore America. Restore strong growth in the community ... jobs to our people ... and a future where our children and grandchildren are not crushed by impossible debt," she said at the Hilton Stamford. "I have set in my mind to fight for policies that will create jobs — good jobs — right here in Connecticut. That is the heart and soul of our campaign — bringing a track record of experience and success in the real world to help others succeed.

"So how can we do it in 2012? My answer: Well, we can start by giving all the career politicians who got us into this mess a pink slip. We can't keep sending people like Chris Murphy, who made the mess in Washington, back to clean it up. He's had his chance. And after six years, what do we have? More spending, more debt and higher unemployment."

Murphy, though, said he was ready to take on McMahon, joking that he "didn't even own a yacht." His website was already updated with McMahon-centric language, in one spot saying, "Now it's on to November to take on Linda McMahon's millions."

Shays, who gathered with supporters at his Stratford campaign headquarters, conceded early and admitted that despite some pointed barbs exchanged between the camps, their positions were similar on most of the issues.

“She won, I lost. This is her race, and she’ll have my vote,” Shays said, but “I do not withdraw any comment that I made. I did not respect how she conducted the race, but her positions and my positions are not far apart.”

In Middletown, Bysiewicz fell in behind Murphy quickly.

"He will be the best person to carry forward the ideals that we have talked about through the course of this campaign, and that is how we can stand up for the middle class, fight for a better economy, and for fairness of our taxes," she said before supporters at the Mattabesset Canoe Club. "I know that Chris has the best chance to win. Linda McMahon, however, will only continue to be the obstruction that has come to define the Republican party in our country. So I ask you, my supporters that have worked so hard and so many people have worked very diligently, to join me in supporting Chris Murphy."

Tony M August 15, 2012 at 07:10 PM
I just happened to click on a link the other day that had to do with the closing of tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza strip if Egypt would open a crossing. Being curious I opened it and saw The Jerusalem News paper The masthead had a line under it saying it was the only English published newspaper in Israel; as I read further, lo-and behold there was a picture of Linda McMahon listed that she had taken out an ad. Maybe I'm too naive, but my question is why? Perhaps my question requires no answer because it answers it'self.
Paul Dennis August 16, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Republicans in Monroe CT are planning a huge campaign rally complete with (anti-gay rights) Chick-fil-A sandwiches. In what they are calling support for free speech, organizers of this event will be by-passing local venders while making a 3 ½ hour trip to New Jersey to pick up a 100 Chick-fil-A sandwiches for the enjoyment of their republican guests. This rally is being billed as the “Biggest Meet and Greet in the history of CT politics” Attendees will include more than 30 republican candidates and elected officials. Some notables are keynote speaker State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney. Steve Obsitnik, a Republican challenging incumbent Democrat Jim Himes in the 4th Congressional District race, 3rd District candidate Wayne Winsley, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Toni Boucher, and Rep. Gail Lavielle. The event is free and open to the public. Here is a link to the full story with comments: http://monroe.patch.com/articles/republicans-plan-to-unite-after-the-primaries Come to Monroe this Saturday and enjoy an anti-gay rights Chick-fil-A hate sandwich.

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