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Murphy: 'I’m proud to be your next United States senator'

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

United States Rep. Chris Murphy has defeated Republican challenger Linda McMahon in the race for United States Senate.

McMahon and Murphy have been rallying supporters for weeks as the election drew near in the state's closely watched race for United States Senate.

Just before 10 p.m., McMahon called Murphy to concede the race and thank him for a "well-run, hard-fought race."

"I would have really have rather won," McMahon said, but added. "I look back with no regrets."

However, the night belonged to Murphy.

"I'm proud to be your next United States senator," he said during his victory speech.

However, during her concession speech, McMahon said the people of Connecticut need to make sure Murphy and all the state's delegates create jobs and lower taxes.

"It is our job to make sure he works hard for the people in the state," McMahon said. "If we let him forget that, it is our shame."

Murphy, who did not wait for McMahon to give her concession speech, said he is focused on giving healthcare to everyone. 

"Healthcare shouldn't be something you get only if you're rich," he said. "It should be a human right."

During his victory speech, Murphy was surrounded by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Attorney George Jepsen and fellow U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

"Here in Connecticut we have elections, not auctions," Malloy said.

Patty Murray, who is the chairman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, was the first to congratulate Murphy on his win.

"This is a great night for Connecticut and for middle-class Americans across the country," he said in a statement Tuesday night. "Chris Murphy went up against a mountain of money and beat an opponent who spent more than anyone else in history to win a seat in the U.S. Senate."

Murphy has been trying to seek supporters by emphasizing the differences with McMahon over Medicare, Social Security and other national issues.

McMahon has highlighted the work her campaign completed, including the number of people she's met, businesses she's visited and phone calls she's made.

Political analysts across the country have been watching this race closely as the winner could have helped decide which party controls the Senate.

Both candidates had been vying for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman.

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