Linda McMahon

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Linda McMahon
Linda McMahon.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Connecticut
Bachelor'sEast Carolina University
Date of birthOctober 4, 1948
Place of birthNew Bern, North Carolina
ProfessionFormer CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment
Campaign website
Linda McMahon campaign logo
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Linda McMahon was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Connecticut.

McMahon spent more than $100 million of her own money in trying to win a Senate seat in 2010 and 2012. As of December 2013, that sum is the most anyone has ever spent of their own funds in trying to win a federal race. The previous leader was Ross Perot, who spent $72 million of his money in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections.[1]


Born in New Bern, North Carolina, McMahon graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in French.[2]


McMahon was the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.[2] She stepped down from this position in 2009.[2]


Campaign themes


McMahon's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Middle-Class Tax Cut
Excerpt: "Cut the middle-class rate from 25% to 15%. This will move brackets to 10%, 15%, 28%, 33%, and 35%. Projected top end for the 15% bracket in 2013 would be about $86,000 for a single person and $143,000 for a married couple. Eliminate capital gains Tax for middle class."
  • Level the Playing Field
Excerpt: "Create a 25% top bracket for all business income, thereby reducing taxes on businesses and entrepreneurs. As suggested in the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, we should reduce the federal corporate income tax rate."
  • End Job-Killing Regulations
Excerpt: "The annual cost of regulation – $1.75 trillion, according to the Small Business Administration – is greater than the total of all income taxes collected last year. It equates to approximately $15,500 per household in 2011 dollars without accounting for the cost of all the new regulations added since 2008."
  • End Reckless Washington Spending
Excerpt: "With the most recent debt ceiling increase, the nation's borrowing limit jumped to $16.394 trillion. An individual's share will be $52,402.28, give or take, which comes out to about $210,000 for a family of four. If the American household can do it, surely the federal government can find a way to save 1% -- just one penny for every dollar."
  • Empower a Skilled Workforce
Excerpt: "The United States continues to face an economic crisis, and America's families are suffering. The national unemployment rate remains high, while our country sinks deeper into debt. Many have sought to refocus attention on innovative ways to put people back to work. We must be willing to consider every responsible step that can be taken to encourage and accelerate employment in this country, now and in the future."



See also: United States Senate elections in Connecticut, 2012

McMahon ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Connecticut. McMahon defeated Chris Shays in the Republican primary.[4] She faced Chris Murphy (D) and Paul Passarelli (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012. She was defeated by Chris Murphy.[5]

U.S. Senate, Connecticut General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Murphy 55.2% 830,221
     Republican Linda McMahon 43.1% 647,776
     Libertarian Paul Passarelli 1.7% 25,059
     N/A Write-ins 0% 112
Total Votes 1,503,168
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Election Results fro United States Senator"
U.S. Senate, Connecticut Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLinda McMahon 72.7% 83,747
Christopher Shays 27.3% 31,445
Total Votes 115,192


On November 2, 2010, Richard Blumenthal won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Linda E. McMahon (R), Warren B. Mosler (I), John Mertens (I), Brian K. Hill (I), Jeff Russel (I), Rodd Vachon (I), Jay J. Giles (I), John Traceski (I), Matthew Coleman( (I), Working Families (I) and Dave Olszta (I) in the general election.[6]

United States Senate, Connecticut General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Blumenthal Incumbent 52.5% 605,204
     Republican Linda E. McMahon 43.2% 498,341
     Independent Working Families 2.7% 30,836
     Independent Warren B. Mosler 1% 11,275
     Ct. for Lieberman John Mertens 0.6% 6,735
     Independent Brian K. Hill 0% 559
     Independent Jeff Russell 0% 45
     Independent Todd Vachon 0% 45
     Independent Carl E. Vassar 0% 31
     Independent Jay J. Giles 0% 17
     Independent John Traceski 0% 15
     Independent Matthew Coleman 0% 7
     Independent Dave Olszta 0% 5
Total Votes 1,153,115



Christopher Murphy v. Linda McMahon
Poll Christopher S. Murphy Linda McMahonUndecided/Other candidateMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(July 26-29, 2012)
Rasmussen Reports
(August 21, 2012)
Quinnipiac University
(August 22-26, 2012)
Rasmussen Reports
(October 9, 2012)
Siena Research Institute
(October 17, 2012)
(October 15-17, 2012)
Qunnipiac University
(October 24, 2012)
Rasmussen Reports
(October 29, 2012)
AVERAGES 48.25% 44.88% 6.63% +/-3.48 615
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
Connecticut's Republican Senate Primary Candidates
Poll Linda McMahon Chris ShaysMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(May 29-June 3, 2012)
Public Policy Polling
(July 26-29, 2012)
AVERAGES 63.5% 25% +/-3.75 1,089.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Campaign donors


McMahon did not win election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McMahon's campaign committee raised a total of $50,302,456 and spent $49,496,249.[7]


McMahon lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband Vince. They have two adult children, Shane and Stephanie, and six grandchildren.[2]

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