HARTFORD, Connecticut — Connecticut's longtime Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has won the state's hotly contested US Senate race, defeating a multimillionaire former wrestling executive and keeping the seat in Democratic control on Tuesday.
The 64-year-old Blumenthal defeated Republican newcomer Linda McMahon, who spent about $50 million of her on money on the race. With 3 percent of precincts reporting, Blumenthal had 52 percent of the vote to McMahon's 47 percent.
Blumenthal will fill the seat now held by Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who did not seek re-election.
Blumenthal won the seat despite conceding he had made several misstatements his military service during the Vietnam era.