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Former WWE CEO McMahon leapfrogs GOP competition

Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO and Congressional Republican hopeful Linda McMahon has leapfrogged her GOP competitors, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

She currently leads former Congressman Rob Simmons by ten points. But, the current surge is based upon one determining factor, said Quinnipiac poll Director Doug Schwartz.

“Money. She’s the only candidate on TV right now”, Schwartz said in a press release accompanying the recent poll.

McMahon said early in her political career that she would fund her entire campaign from her family’s bottomless pocket, a multi-billion dollar media empire started in the late 1970’s. The $50 million she claims she will spend over the next several months far overshadows the fortunes of her competitors.

McMahon has appeared in several television ads, most recently with her daughter Stephanie, a former character on WWE broadcasts. The ads focus upon McMahon’s creation of jobs in Connecticut through her wrestling enterprise, and her humanitarian efforts through several organizations across the state.

However, another aspect of the poll revealed that Connecticut residents favor candidates seeking donations to fund their campaigns, rather than digging into their personal fortunes. Also, 23 percent of voters in the state proclaimed that they would be “less likely” to vote for her because of her past in the wrestling industry.



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