Linda McMahon, NBA's Bradley lose elections
Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment who presented herself as a shrewd businesswoman, was beaten for the US Senate seat by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
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Chris Dudley, who built a long NBA career despite some of the game's most abysmal foul shooting, was in an exceptionally tight contest for governor in Oregon. The race Tuesday was among the most prominent of the some two dozen across the country featuring sports figures.
Throughout the Republican primary and general election, McMahon was questioned about the WWE's role in steroids, the health of the wrestlers and the way wrestling portrays women.
McMahon and husband Vince McMahon turned what was once a marginal enterprise into a cash-rich empire. She besieged the state with ads and is believed to have spent at least $50 million of her own money on her campaign. Now, she's wary of a return to wrestling.
"You can't step out of WWE and expect to come back in because it moves forward and it's moving forward at a great pace," she said. "I wouldn't try to step back in there."
Dudley, 6-foot-11 center from Yale who once played for the Portland Trail Blazers, drew on his NBA connections and among his supporters was Commissioner David Stern. Bradley was defeated for a spot in Utah's House by state Rep. Tim Cosgrove, a Democrat.