And so it begins.
This election cycle promises to be a contentious one in the race for the open U.S. Senate seat as Chris Murphy, fresh off his primary win Tuesday night, began immediately campaigning against his Republican opponent, Linda McMahon.
According to the Connecticut Mirror, shortly after accepting the win in the primary on Tuesday night Murphy launched into a critique of McMahon, suggesting that as a multi-millionaire businesswoman she is out of touch with most of her would-be constituents.
"I've spent the last 10 years fighting for that out-of-work dad who's got to get back to work, for that hungry kid who just wants three meals a day, for that homeless veteran who wants a roof over his head," the Mirror quoted Murphy from his victory speech.
This is McMahon's second bid to win a seat in the Senate. She lost to Democrat Richard Blumenthal two years after a long, expensive and contentious campaign. The 2012 race with Murphy also promises to be highly charged and expensive.
Murphy, who was the endorsed Democratic Senate candidate, easily fended off a challenge from Susan Bysciewicz, the former secretary of the state, in Tuesday's primary -- save for Montville where just three votes carried him over the top.
McMahon, the Republican-endorsed candidate for the Senate race, handily defeated a challenge by former 4th District Congressman Chris Shays.