Former WWE executive Linda McMahon captured national headlines in her last race for U.S. Senate and she is battling former U.S. Representative Chris Shays in the Republican primary.
In her race for Senate two years ago, McMahon spent $50 million of her own money and lost to Democrat Richard Blumenthal.
This time around, McMahon has spent $11.8 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and Shays has spent almost $3.3 million.
In a June Quinnipiac University poll, McMahon led Shays, 59 percent to 30 percent.
While Shays in behind, he told NECN he remains optimistic.
"If I get elected, I think it will be a shock heard 'round the country. I will not be shocked but it will be an affirmation to people around the country that people in CT can't be bought," Shays said.
Buying an election is a charge McMahon has heard before and she answers with a rundown of how hard her campaign is working.
"We run a very strong campaign. We've got a good grassroots campaign. We're out every day meeting the public. This weekend, starting on Friday running through the election, we will make over 100,000, either door knocks or telephone calls," McMahon said.
The battle on the Democratic side is against U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz.