Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) defeated Linda McMahon in Connecticut's election for U.S. Senate, projects the Associated Press.
Murphy was narrowly favored to win in the preceding days against McMahon, the former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO. She spent $42.6 million on the race, according to her recent campaign finance report.
President Barack Obama made a direct appeal for Murphy in a television ad released Friday. McMahon, buoyed by her lavish self-funding, flooded the state in television ads.
McMahon's own campaign material had urged voters to vote for her and Obama, despite the fact that she endorsed Mitt Romney for president and donated $150,000 to his campaign.
Murphy will replace retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who was first elected as a Democrat before leaving the party in 2006. However, Lieberman had continued to caucus with the party.
Murphy was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 and served in the Connecticut legislature beforehand.
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