Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) has been declared the winner over Republican candidate Linda McMahon, who spent more than $40 million of her own money in the state's Senate race.
Blumenthal will replace retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).
Blumenthal appeared on shaky political ground earlier this year because of misleading comments he made about his military service during the Vietnam War.   
Blumenthal expressed regret and took “full responsibility” for having “misspoken” about his record.
But McMahon attacked Blumenthal with a barrage of television ads that questioned his credibility, outspending him by a ratio of nearly 7-to-1, according to campaign reports filed in late October.
McMahon loaned $46 million to her campaign, according to an Oct. 21 report.
“People don’t like candidates who try to buy races,” said a Senate Democratic strategist.