The Associated Press
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Linda McMahon waves as she thanks supporters in Stamford, Conn., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. McMahon conceded the race to Democratic opponent Chris Murphy for the Senate seat now held by Joe Lieberman, an independent who's retiring. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Down for the count.

Former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon — a Republican and wife of blustery and better-known Vince McMahon — lost her bid for a U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Chris Murphy despite spending $42 million of her own wealth.

She also was beaten in 2010 while trying to get to the Senate.

Murphy now takes over the seat held by retiring independent Sen. Joe Lieberman. Murphy, a three-term congressman, made an issue of the 64-year-old McMahon's wrestling roots, dismissing the enterprise as a vulgar and violent spectacle that belittled women.

In another Senate race with a link to the world of sports, the great-grandson of one of baseball's most august figures lost his Senate race in Florida. Connie Mack IV, a Republican, is a descendant of Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack. He was beaten by Democrat Bill Nelson, who won a third term.

Mack was not the only loser on the ballot with a strong baseball heritage. U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Kentucky, grandson of former baseball commissioner Happy Chandler, lost to Republican Andy Barr.

— Fred Lief — Twitter


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