Lamont Loses, McMahon Wins


Cable executive Ned Lamont lost his bid for governor of Connecticut Tuesday, but former wrestling exec Linda McMahon is still in the political ring in that state.

As recently as the day before, Lamont's campaign was pointing to a statewide poll showing he led the Democratic primary race against former Stamford, Conn., Mayor Dan Malloy, but when the votes were counted, Malloy was the winner.

"Congrats to Dan tonight, and thank you so much to all of you who worked hard and helped move our state forward. Keep believing!" Lamont tweeted after the results were in.

Lamont had been elected to public office in his hometown of Greenwich, where he was a selectman, and had held statewide posts. But he came to national political prominence in 2006 when he beat Joe Lieberman for the Democratic nomination for the Senate only to lose to him in a three-way race when Lieberman became an Independent.

Lamont worked for Cablevision Systems before starting his own company, Lamont Digital Systems, in 1984, which delivers cable and distant learning services to 250 college campuses.

In another high-profile Connecticut race featuring a media mogul, Linda McMahon, who stepped down as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, coincidentally based in Malloy's former Stamford, Conn., stomping grounds, won her primary bid against former Rep. Rob Simmons.

She is running for the seat of retiring Sen. Chris Dodd and will face off against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.