Linda McMahon won the Republican primary for Senate in Connecticut on Aug. 10, beating out former CIA analyst, congressman, and Vietnam veteran Rob Simmons. She trails the state’s Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal by merely 10 points. Blumenthal’s lead has evaporated from 41 points in January, mostly due to his misleading statements about serving in Vietnam. While McMahon didn’t win the endorsement of family-values groups, they didn’t attack her either. The Family Institute of Connecticut (FIC), a 20-year-old family-values group, upbraided her opponent, Simmons, who opposes a ban on partial-birth abortion and received a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.

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