From the NBC News political unit
Connecticut GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon's investment of over $45 million of her own money into the race wasn't enough to boost her over state attorney general Richard Blumenthal.
NBC News projects Blumenthal, the Democrat, the winner of the Connecticut race to replace retiring Democrat Sen. Chris Dodd.
The race received hefty national attention as Blumenthal faced criticism for embellishing his military record and McMahon was slammed by critics for her tenure as the CEO of wrestling empire WWE.
Blumenthal invested $2.3 million of his own funds into the expensive race.