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Voters Head to the Polls in Connecticut

Jessica Hill
Linda McMahon, Republican Senate Candidate

Registered Republicans and Democrats are choosing their parties' standard-bearers for the November general election.

That includes primaries on Tuesday for candidates in two hotly contested races for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

This marks the second time in two years that Connecticut has had an open seat for the U.S. Senate. Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent, is retiring at the end of the year. Back in 2010, former Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd did not run.

Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon is facing off against former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays for the Republican Senate nomination. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy is up against former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz (BY'-suh-wits) for the Democratic nod.

There are three Democrats and four Republicans vying for Murphy's 5th District seat.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.