Blumenthal clears hurdle in U.S. Senate race

BOSTON, May 22 (BestGrowthStock) – Connecticut Attorney General
Richard Blumenthal, reeling over allegations he misrepresented
his military record, easily won the Democratic Party’s
nomination for a U.S. Senate seat late on Friday.

Blumenthal, 64, is likely to face off in November against
political newcomer Linda McMahon, the ex-chief executive of
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE.N: ). who won the Republican
Party’s endorsement at a nominating convention on Friday.

McMahon, however, could face a challenge from former U.S.
Representative Rob Simmons, the runner-up in the race who has
vowed to keep battling until the party’s Aug. 10 primary when
all of the state’s Republican voters can participate.

Both conventions were held in Hartford, the state capital.

Blumenthal, the state’s attorney general since 1991, was
heavily favored to succeed retiring Democratic Senator
Christopher Dodd, who has held the seat since 1981. Republicans
have targeted the seat in their effort to win back control of
the Senate in the November elections.

But the Blumenthal campaign hit a snag this week when the
New York Times reported that in at least one speech in 2008 he
said he served in Vietnam during the war. Blumenthal did a
stint with a Marine Corps Reserve unit that was never deployed
overseas.

The Democratic nominee responded by saying he may have at
times accidentally “misspoken” about his military record.

A full version of Blumenthal’s remarks at the 2008 event
that surfaced later shows the Democrat also accurately
characterized his service by saying that he “served in the
military, during the Vietnam era.”

McMahon has acknowledged providing information on
Blumenthal’s 2008 remarks to the Times.

A poll taken after the controversy showed Blumenthal
leading McMahon and Simmons by a few percentage points, down
from the commanding lead he has held since announcing his
nomination in January.

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(Reporting by Ros Krasny; editing by Paul Simao)

Blumenthal clears hurdle in U.S. Senate race