McMahon wins state GOP endorsement for Lieberman seat

Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, in her second bid for the Senate in Connecticut, is calling on her Republican opponent to bow out and support her after winning the endorsement at the state GOP convention.

“I respect Congressman Chris Shays and the many years he has served our state,” McMahon wrote in an email to supporters. “I hope the congressman will reflect on last night's results and work to unify the party, so we can come together to defeat Chris Murphy in November.”

McMahon won the Republican nomination in 2010, but lost in the general election. She and Shays are vying in 2012 for the seat held by retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

McMahon took 60 percent of the delegates on Saturday at the state convention, with Shays taking 32 percent, the New Haven Register reported.

One week earlier, Rep. Chris Murphy (Conn.) won the state Democratic Party’s endorsement. Murphy’s primary opponents have vowed to stay in the race.

- This post was updated at 12:48 p.m.