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“To be honest, Linda McMahon is ridiculous and offensive,” she said. “And I wasn’t really impressed with Blumenthal.”

McMahon, 62, is believed to have spent at least $50 million of her own money on her campaign.

She portrayed herself as a different kind of a candidate — a business executive, not a career politician, and someone who knows how to create jobs and shake things up in Washington.

After she was criticized by some as too aggressive, she ran TV ads and sent out mailers accentuating her feminine side, pointing out that she is a mother and grandmother.

Both she and Blumenthal sparred over what to do about the Bush-era tax cuts. While Blumenthal supported extending the cuts for those earning $250,000 or less, McMahon contended that all the tax cuts were necessary, including those for higher-income earners. She argued those would help small businesses hire more workers.

They also clashed over the Wall Street bailout — he opposed it, she supported it with certain conditions.