McMahon Wins GOP Senate Nod, But Shays to Run Primary Challenge

Decker, Formica, Winsley, Obsitnik and Roraback win party endorsements for congressional races.

Linda McMahon won the Republican nomination Friday to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, but it looks like there will be a primary for the party’s nod just as .

The Connecticut Post reported that McMahon, the wealthy chief executive for World Wrestling Entertainment, won the nomination on the first ballot at the party convention in Hartford, but that former 4th District congressman Christopher Shays qualified to challenge her in a primary on Aug. 14.

Democrats will also vote on Aug. 14 in a primary between 5th District congressman Chris Murphy, who received the party endorsement on May 12, and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.

Congressional races

The Hartford Courant reported that state Sen. Andrew Roraback, R-Goshen, won the party endorsement for the 5th Congressional District on the third ballot at the convention in Hartford, but businesswoman Lisa Wilson-Foley of Simsbury and Afghanistan war veteran Justin Bernier both qualified to run primary challenges by receiving over 15 percent of the delegates.

Democrats have endorsed Chris Donovan to run for the seat being vacated by Murphy, but he could also face a three-way primary on Aug. 14.

Republicans also endorsed John Henry Decker, a financial planner from West Hartford, for the 1st Congressional District, East Lyme First Selectman Paul Formica for the 2nd District, Wayne Winsley for the 3rd District and Steve Obsitnik of Westport for the 4th District.

Daria Novak qualified for a primary against Formica and Christopher Meek qualified for a primary against Obsitnick.

Daria Novak May 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Already filed the paperwork to primary! Now the people will have an opportunity to vet the candidates. Join my team at www.novakforcongress.com.
RONALD M GOLDWYN May 20, 2012 at 08:55 PM
As a Republican Committeeman for over 50 years, this appears to be my first opportunity to vote in a primary. I like the opportunity to do so.
RONALD M GOLDWYN May 21, 2012 at 03:49 PM
This is the second try for Linda. In her first run and now in her second attempt to outspend her opponents, I have yet to hear one statement on foreign policy. As a US Senator a high percentage of her votes will be on foreign policy. For instance, where is or should the US Embassy in Israel be located? Should all US Armed Forces be removed from hot fire zones? Can she speak on any subject other than creating jobs. What other subject can she speak on?


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