In the race for the Republican Senate nomination in Connecticut, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon seemed to be running away. McMahon, who spent $25 million of her own money on the primary, was well ahead of former Rob. Rob Simmons and Peter Schiff -- 48-29-22.
McMahon's decisive win came despite efforts by Simmons and Democrats to exploit her time as a WWE executive. They circulated clips of her in the wrestling ring and taking part in wrestling storylines unlikely to sit well with women's groups or the family-values set.
In recent weeks, women's groups condemned some odd clips of McMahon and her husband doing their day job at WWE in recent years; talking smack and getting smacked by her daughter. Connecticut Democrats have compiled the most interesting videos in a playlist viewable by clicking here.
After her victory, McMahon tried to move beyond the controversy, saying her election in November would help children.
"This election is about jobs," she said in a prepared statement. "The American Dream is threatened, but Washington continues its reckless spending, massive debt, and tax increases. Washington is suffocating small businesses and killing jobs. This is not only threatening our well-being, but also the well-being of our children and grandchildren."
Democrats tried to spin McMahon's failure to crack 50 percent as a failure given the vast resources she poured into the campaign.
Simmons, her closest rival, shuttered his campaign for more than a month before a last-ditch effort to revive it before primary day.
Democrats also made clear that the WWE theme will be front and center through November.
"Connecticut Republicans today nominated a corporate CEO of WWE, who, under her watch, violence was peddled to kids, steroid abuse was rampant, yet she made her millions," said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Democratic Senate Campaign Committee chairman, after McMahon's victory.
McMahon's Democratic opponent in the fall will be Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal was widely seen as the favorite and may still be, but his reputation has taken a beating since he overstated his war record on several occasions.
Elsewhere in Connecticut, Ned Lamont, the Democrat who edged Joe Lieberman out of the Democratic Party in the 2006 Senate primary, lost his bid for the Democratic governor's slot to Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy.
In another gubernatorial primary, conservative State Rep. Tom Emmer easily won the GOP nomination in Minnesota, the Associated Press reported. Four Democrats were vying to face him in the general election.
In the Colorado governor's race, the real tests will come in November. Former Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo, a firebrand in the anti-illegal immigration movement, has left his party to join the small-time American Constitution Party.
Should he stay in the race, his presence could give aid to Democrats, especially with the deeply flawed Republican candidate Scott McInnis, who has been accused of plagiarism, also running.