Democrat Richard Blumenthal defeated his Republican opponent Linda McMahon, to win a seat in the U.S. Senate representing Connecticut. With 8 percent of precincts reporting, Blumenthal had 53 percent of the vote to 45 percent for McMahon.
Incumbent Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) had decided not to seek reelection. Dodd had represented Connecticut since 1980.
Blumenthal has been the state Attorney General since 1991, serving five terms in that office. Early in his career, Blumenthal served as U.S. Attorney for Connecticut during the Jimmy Carter administration. At aged 31, he became the youngest U.S. Attorney to hold the position. From 1977 to 1981, Blumenthal prosecuted cases involving drug trafficking, organized crime, white collar crime, civil rights violations, and consumer fraud.