Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon has loaned her campaign nearly $6 million in the last few months, according to the latest report  her campaign filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

That means McMahon, the co-founder and former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, has loaned her campaign more than $8 million, widening the financial gulf between her and her rivals.

With the $50 million she spent on an unsuccesful Senate race in 2010, McMahon now has invested nearly $60 million into her quests for a seat in the Senate.

The Senate candidate in Connecticut who has raised the most campaign cash from individuals and PACs in the 2012 cycle — about $5.4 million — is  Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5th District.

McMahon’s ability to self-fund has prompted her campaign to outpace all others in the Senate race.

Murphy has spent a little more than $2 million, while McMahon has spent more than $9 million.

Murphy and McMahon both have primary challengers who have raised less money.

Murphy faces Susan Bysiewicz who has raised about $2.25 million for the August 14 primary.  McMahon’s primary opponent is former Rep. Chris Shays, who has raised about $1.4 million.

Shays is the only candidate who has not been able to afford TV advertising this summer.

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Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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