More motherly McMahon aims for GOP upset in Conn.

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More motherly McMahon aims for GOP upset in Conn.In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 photo, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Chris Murphy, center shakes hands with members of the 1048th Army National Guard Transportation Co. during a send-off ceremony in Hartford, Conn. Wealthy former pro wrestling executive Linda McMahon is shifting her image from groin-kicking CEO to grandmother in her second bid for a Senate seat from Connecticut. Polls show the strategy seems to be working against three-term Democratic congressman Murphy.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (Credit: AP)

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) — Wealthy former pro wrestling executive Linda McMahon is shifting her image from groin-kicking CEO to grandmother in her second bid for a Senate seat from Connecticut.

Polls show the strategy seems to be working against three-term Democratic congressman Chris Murphy.

A Quinnipiac University survey shows the race virtually tied, and McMahon having narrowed her 20-point deficit among women in 2010 to just 4 points now. Democrats are pumping in money for attack ads to help slow McMahon’s momentum.

The more motherly McMahon contrasts with her image in 2010, when a video showed her appearing to kick a man in the groin as part of a skit.

The Connecticut race is a bright spot for Republicans struggling to gain the four Senate seats they need to win the majority.

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