Chris Murphy’s bid for the U.S. Senate got a boost Monday with the endorsement from the United Auto Workers. Murphy’s campaign announced that the UAW Region 9A would back his campaign to succeed retiring Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

“They become the first statewide organized labor union to endorse in the 2012 CT-SEN race,” Kenny Curran, Murphy’s campaign manager, noted in a press release this morning. And Francis Creighton, Murphy’s congressional chief of staff, said his boss is hopes to lock up a few other union endorsements in the coming weeks.

“It will not be the last before the end of the month,” Creighton predicted.

Murphy faces a tough primary challenge from Susan Bysiewicz.

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