Former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays has made it official and filed the necessary paperwork to challenge former wrestling executive Linda McMahon in a Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Shays submitted papers with the Secretary of the State's Office in Hartford on Monday.
It comes a day after McMahon, appearing on WFSB-TV's "Face the State," said Shays should quit the race so Republicans can be unified against Democrats in the fall. McMahon won more than 60 percent of the 1,208 delegates at Friday's GOP state convention.
Shays said getting on the primary ballot is the first stage of a three-step process. Next is winning the primary and then the general election.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed him faring better against the Democratic candidates than McMahon, the GOP's 2010 candidate.
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