U.S. Senate primary results: McMahon and Murphy take Wilton and state

11:20 p.m. — Wilton voters followed the statewide trend, overwhelmingly supporting Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Chris Murphy in Tuesday's U.S. Senate primary. They will now contend for the seat being vacated by Senator Joseph Lieberman.

Ms. McMahon defeated Christopher Shays 579-443.

Mr. Murphy defeated Susan Bysiewicz 398-118.

Republicans turned out in greater numbers Tuesday, with 1,013 votes cast for a 24% turnout. There were 4,195 eligible Republican voters.

On the Democratic side, turnout was 18%, with 518 of 2,925 eligible voters casting ballots.

The breakdown, including absentee ballots, by district was:


District 1 — Murphy 121, Bysiewicz 49

District 2 — Murphy 146, Bysiewicz 41

District 3 — Murphy 131, Bysiewicz 28


District 1 — McMahon 226, Shays 154

District 2 — McMahon 170, Shays 177

District 3 — McMahon 174, Shays 112

Statewide, with 94% of votes counted, Ms. McMahon defeated Mr. Shays 73% to 27%. Mr. Murphy bested Ms. Bysiewicz 67% to 33%.

9:55 p.m. — Linda McMahon won Ridgefield (which for part of his time as a U.S. representative was in Chris Shays' district), 824-506. Murphy won that town 569-138, according to The Ridgefield Press.

9:36 p.m. — Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, just issued the following statement on the Connecticut U.S. Senate race:
“Linda McMahon is a greedy CEO who made millions marketing sex and violence to little kids, all at the expense of the health and safety of her own employees.  If her business record wasn’t bad enough, her support for the reckless Romney-Ryan agenda that would essentially end Medicare in order to give billionaires more tax cuts would be devastating for Connecticut’s middle-class. Everything about McMahon’s record, principles, and agenda prove that she is wrong for Connecticut. There isn’t enough money in the world to convince Connecticut voters otherwise.”

9:14 PM — Chris Shays wins New Canaan, 986-750. Chris Murphy wins the town, 322-67, according to The New Canaan Advertiser.

9:05 p.m. — The Associated Press calls the race for Chris Murphy. Chris Shays has also conceded the Republican nomination to Linda McMahon, setting up the expected race for the U.S. Senate.

Ms. McMahon is not going to speak for a while, Greenwich Post editor Ken Borsuk reports. Her campaign has supporters are coming by bus from Hartford and Farmington who left at 8 p.m. She won't speak until they arrive at the Hilton in Stamford.

9 p.m. — The Redding Pilot reports in Redding, local Republicans chose party endorsed candidate Linda McMahon over Christopher Shays for U.S. Senate, 329 to 306. Of the 2,193 registered Republican voters, 635 showed up to the polls today, that is 28.9%.

For the Democratic party, Reddingites chose party endorsed candidate Chris Murphy over Susan Bysiewicz for U.S. Senate, 331 to 72. Of the 1,999 registered Democrats, 403 voted, that is 20%.

8:46 p.m. — Mr. Shays wins Darien, where he grew up: 966 to 711. Mr. Murphy wins Darien, 299-67, according to The Darien Times.

Mr. Shays wins Weston, 338-263. Mr. Murphy wins Weston, 257-45, according to The Weston Forum.

8:44 p.m. — Mr. Shays just arrived at his headquarters. He tells the media: "I need to make a phone call and I'll be right back."

8:39 p.m. — The Associated Press has called the Republican Primary for Linda McMahon. Officially there is just 19% of the votes in, with McMahon garnering 75% of them (17,801) to Shays' 5,963.

8:30 p.m. — The party-endorsed candidates are off to an early lead in today's U.S. Senate primary.

As of 8:30 this evening, Linda McMahon is leading Christopher Shays 75% to 25%. Chris Murphy is leading Susan Bysiewicz 65% to 35%.

Ms. McMahon has 14,126 votes; Mr. Shays 4,796.

Mr. Murphy has 11,950 votes; Ms. Bysiewicz 6,401.