August 21, 2012 6:24 PM | By Jason Buckland, MSN Sports
When sports figures turn to politics

The do call politics a bloodsport, don't they?



Linda McMahon's political career has always seemed a bit odd, but then she's hardly the first prominent sports figure to turn to office. From mayors to governors to even presidents, here's what happens when athletes enter the world of politics. (© AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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On Sept. 16, 2009, Linda McMahon, the wife of Vince and former president and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, announced she was giving up chair shots and sleeper holds for a new career. She was going to run to become Connecticut's U.S. Senator, and she said she'd spend $50 million of her own dough to win the race.

McMahon beat all Republican comers, yet lost the general election in 2010. Though like a great wrestling storyline, her public run was down but not out. The WWE matriarch won her state's GOP primary again last week, and is back on the hunt to join the U.S. Senate in November's election. McMahon's political career has always seemed a bit odd, but then she's hardly the first prominent sports figure to turn to office. From mayors to governors to even presidents, here's what happens when athletes enter the world of politics.

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