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Chris Murphy celebrates U.S. Senate race victory

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© U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy thanks supporters at Capitol Lunch in New Britain where he has eaten after every election. © U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy thanks supporters at Capitol Lunch in New Britain where he has eaten after every election.
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

The newest United States senator from Connecticut met with reporters at the place he celebrates every victory Wednesday afternoon to inform them of his plans for the future and how he plans to accomplish them.

Murphy defeated Republican challenger and former WWE CEO Linda McMahon in the race for United States Senate Tuesday night.

According to numbers collected by The Associated Press, Murphy received 55 percent of votes while McMahon only got 43 percent. In the end, Murphy beat McMahon by 12 percentage points.

Murphy enjoyed two chili dogs at the at Capitol Lunch in New Britain where he has eaten after every election and told the media that he is focused on moving the country forward. He will be focused on creating jobs and strengthening the economy.

"I hope the elements of the Republican Party will come to the table and will show up next week," Murphy said. "We will need them." 

After each election, the restaurant turns into a place for Murphy to greet supporters. However, there was a low turnout, because of the snow. He said the race with McMahon has toughened his skin.

"Once those 30-second attack ads stopped, people started seeing the really big differences," Murphy said.

Political analysts across the country were watching the race closely as the winner could have helped decide which party controls the Senate. However, Democrats retained control of the United States Senate.

On Election Night, the mood was a lot more somber in Stamford where Linda McMahon conceded. She spent $100 million on two Senate races, but said there is more work to be done.

"We need to be heard, we need to tell them what we want," McMahon said.

However, she told reporters Tuesday night that she was not making another political run.

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

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