ORIGINAL: NBC News has now projected Linda McMahon to lose against Richard Blumental. However, the Hartford Courant is reporting that a judge is ruling that twelve of Bridgeport’s twenty-five polling places must stay open an extra two hours due to a ballot shortage. The Democratic Party sued for the result. Republicans plan to challenge any ballots cast after 8 PM ET.

“There’s no way of knowing if people were turned away or just saw on television that people could vote past 8 p.m.,” said Kevin O’Connor, a lawyer at the hearing. “Depending on the outcome of the election, every one of those ballots will be challenged as being an illegal vote.”

UPDATE: Now CNN and MSNBC are predicting that Linda McMahon will lose the Connecticut senate race to Richard Blumenthal.