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Former WWE chief Linda McMahon fails in second Senate bid

Will Linda McMahon break out the steel chair, having failed to win a Senate seat at the second time of asking?

Image: Jessica Hill/AP

ONE OF the highest-spending candidates in this year’s US Senate elections has failed in her second bid to win election to the Senate.

Linda McMahon, the former chief operations officer of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE, formerly the WWF) has been defeated in her second bid for a seat in Connecticut.

The Republican nominee is set to lose out to the Democratic congressman Chris Murphy, despite having spent an estimated $50 million on her campaign.

The seat in Connecticut is the seat of former Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Liebermann, who is retiring, having left the Democrats and become an independent member in the last few years.

McMahon, the wife of wrestling magnate Vince McMahon, is credited with the negotiations in the early part of the 2000s which saw the WWF make a big-money move to network TV, and saw its revenues soar as it made millions selling merchandise related to WWF stars.

McMahon stepped down from the WWE in 2009, however, in order to concentrate on her political career – on which she has now spent an estimated $100 million without success.

Read: Liveblog: US Election 2012

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