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McMahon, Shays To Face Off In Final Senate Debate

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Chris Shays, (left) Linda McMahon (right) in two images.  Photos by WTIC's Matt Dwyer, and Jessica Hill, AP.

Chris Shays, (left) Linda McMahon (right) in two images. Photos by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer, and Jessica Hill, AP.

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon and former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays are meeting in their final debate before Connecticut’s upcoming Republican Senate primary.

The two candidates are scheduled to appear together on Wednesday evening for a televised match-up, sponsored by NBC Connecticut. The hour-long event will be broadcasted live, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

It marks only the second one-on-one debate between the two candidates. They last met June 14 at the University of Connecticut.

Shays has criticized McMahon, the endorsed Republican candidate, for being unwilling to participate in more debates and accusing her of hiding behind her TV commercials. A spokeswoman for McMahon said the campaign is focused on their “real opponent,” referring to U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, the Democrats’ endorsed candidate.

The primary is on Aug. 14.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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