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Senate Women Face High Stakes In 2012

HuffingtonPost - While a majority of people who live in the United States are women, there are only 17 of them in the U.S. Senate. And if Americans turn against Democrats in the 2012 elections, that number could fall even further.

It’s happened before. Once all the votes were tallied in the 2010 midterm elections, the number of women in Congress had decreased by one — the first such drop in 30 years.

Republicans lag significantly behind Democrats when it comes to female representation among lawmakers. So when Democrats were wiped out in 2010, potential gains by women went with them. There are now just 64 Democratic women in both houses of Congress, including Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.), who won a special election in May. Meanwhile, of the 289 Republicans in Congress, only 29 are women.

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