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Fix Daily Poll: Will WWE help or hurt Linda McMahon?

By Aaron Blake

Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon won the Republican Senate primary in Connecticut on Tuesday, fueling a barrage of interest in her candidacy Wednesday morning. (The Fix, of course, has been watching McMahon for months.)

With McMahon now formally installed as the Republican nominee against state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) this fall expect a whole new level of attention to be paid to her campaign -- and to the controversial track record of professional wrestling.

In an appearance on MSNBC's Daily Rundown today, McMahon acknowledged that some WWE story lines in the past have "pushed the envelope" and been "over the top." And anyone who watched the programming around the turn of the century knows what kind of stuff we're talking about. (Or so our renowned Hulkamaniac Fix boss tells us -- we wouldn't know, of course).

If you believe Democrats, that's a recipe for disaster for McMahon's campaign and the GOP's hopes to steal the seat. Story lines that featured strong sexual content and suggested necrophilia and featured a Down Syndrome wrestler getting beat up are sure to be featured in much more advertising than McMahon's GOP primary opponents were able to run.

At the same time, McMahon's $22 million in self-funding comes directly from the same place -- the business she and her husband built into a huge success, making them extremely rich in the process. It played a big role in putting her on the map and getting the attention of GOP leaders in the first place and represents the sort of business credentials she is touting on the campaign trail.

So, which is it. Is McMahon's past a good, bad or neutral thing for her chances this fall?

By Aaron Blake  |  August 11, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
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