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Linda McMahon Wins CT GOP Senate Nomination

Linda McMahon, left, beat Rob Simmons, center, and Peter Schiff for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut. Jessica Hill/FR125654 AP hide caption

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Prepare yourself to hear "Are you ready to ruuuuumble?" until November and maybe beyond now that Linda McMahon is officially the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut being vacated by Sen. Chris Dodd.

McMahon, who ran World Wrestling Entertainment with her husband Vince, handily beat former Republican congressman Rob Simmons.

With more than 61 percent of the vote counted, McMahon had a lead of 20 percentage points over Simmons. Peter Schiff, a financial commentator, was running third with 22 percent of the vote.

McMahon's victory, which wasn't a surprise, sets up a race with the state's popular Democratic attorney general, Richard Blumenthal who wasn't challenged for the Democratic nomination.

McMahon spent a lot of her wrestling money to win the nomination, about $22 million.