Connecticut: William Tong Drops Senate Bid, Endorses Christopher Murphy

Rep. Christopher Murphy is the frontrunner in Connecticut's open-seat Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Connecticut state Rep. William Tong (D) exited the Senate race today and endorsed the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, Rep. Christopher Murphy.

Murphy also picked up the endorsement of Gov. Dan Malloy (D) and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D) today.

"I am proud to endorse Chris Murphy for the United States Senate and join his team," Tong said in a statement released by the Murphy campaign. "I've learned a lot about Chris in this campaign. We are both sons of Connecticut who love our home state."

That leaves former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, and other less credible candidates, in a fight with Murphy for the Democratic nod. The primary is August 14.

Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon and former Rep. Christopher Shays (R) are the top candidates battling for the GOP nomination.

Roll Call rates this open-seat race as Likely Democratic. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) is retiring.