Sports and the election of 2012

A big-spending former wrestling executive has lost her bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut on a night when sports and politics met in the same arena.

Linda McMahon, a Republican who once ran World Wrestling Entertainment, was beaten Tuesday by Democrat Chris Murphy. McMahon spent more than $42 million of her own wealth in the race for retiring independent Sen. Joe Lieberman's seat.

The great-grandson of one of baseball's most august figures lost his Senate race in Florida. Connie Mack IV, a Republican, is a descendant of Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack.

He was beaten by incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.

Also on the ballot are four former NFL players: Seeking congressional seats are Jon Runyan in New Jersey and Jimmy Farris in Idaho.

Phil Hansen is running for the Minnesota Legislature, and Clint Didier is trying to become public lands commissioner in the state of Washington.