Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy says his U.S. Senate win over Republican Linda McMahon proves that what matters is the measure of ideas and not the measure of one's wallet.
Murphy spoke to supporters at a Hartford hotel Tuesday night shortly after McMahon conceded the race, which marked her second Senate loss in two years.
McMahon outspent Murphy many times over with more than $42 million of her own money from a fortune built on a pro wrestling empire.The tight race was was inundated with $10 million in independent expenditures.
Murphy is a three-term congressman from northwestern Connecticut who worked to portray McMahon as a rich businesswoman trying to buy the election.
With his win, Murphy will succeed the retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman -- an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.
Election officials said voter turnout was heavy across Connecticut as people lined up to cast ballots for president and other contests including one of the most costly U.S. Senate battles in the country.
Spokesman Av Harris at the secretary of the state's office says it does not appear the outages and other effects of Sandy impeded voters. He said the state was on track for turnout of 75 to 80 percent of registered voters.