08/09/2012 01:54 pm ET

Linda McMahon Passes $60 Million Benchmark In Bid For Connecticut Senate Seat

Republican candidate Linda McMahon is making history in her almost three-year effort to capture a seat to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate.

As the Stamford Advocate reported, no other candidate has spent more of his or her own money than McMahon now has on a U.S. Senate race.

Despite outspending her Democratic opponent Richard Blumenthal by a more than 6-1 margin in the 2010 U.S. Senate race and still losing that election by 12 percent, McMahon decided to give it another shot this year in solidly blue Connecticut. And while she hasn't matched the $50 million of self-funding in 2010, the former WWE executive is still heavily bankrolling her campaign to capture the seat vacated by retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

As the Advocate reported, recent filings with the Federal Elections Commission show that McMahon loaned her campaign a paltry $4.3 million in July -- putting her total spending at $12.4 million this election cycle, or roughly $62.4 million over both campaigns. That sum now surpasses the $62 million New Jersey Democrat John Corzine invested in his 2000 election to the Senate.

McMahon is expected to coast to victory in the Republican primary and face Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in the general election. She trails the Democrat by a 50-43 margin, according to a recent poll.

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