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Former Rep. Chris Shays has unexpectedly raised enough money for a television ad before he faces professional wrestling tycoon Linda McMahon in the Connecticut GOP primary for U.S. Senate next month.

While Mrs. McMahon has doused television markets around the state with ads — with the help of more than $8 million of her own money — Mr. Shays had said in June he hadn’t raised enough money to run even one.

But less than three weeks before the August 14 primary, his campaign launched a television ad on Thursday that features his wife, Betsi Shays.

“He is smart, he knows what he is doing, he’s done it before, he’s got enormous energy, he loves the work, he loves the people he serves and he’s really good at getting things done,” she says in the spot.

While there are no Republicans in Connecticut’s congressional delegation, some polls have indicated Mr. Shays could defeat likely Democratic nominee Rep. Chris Murphy in November.

Spokeswoman Amanda Bergen said Mr. Shays’ campaign has purchased every available spot on Fox News until the primary.

Mr. Shays, who served in Congress for 21 years before losing his seat to Rep. Jim Himes 2008, recently reported his best fundraising quarter yet, pulling in more than $500,000 from April to June.

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