Record wins for women in Senate

Associated Press
FILE - This photo combo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., left, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. The razor-thin race for the White House has overshadowed the fight for control of Congress. But the stakes are high in the Senate contests. In Missouri, Akin was deserted by the Republican establishment after he remarked in August that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in cases of what he called

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Women will occupy a record number of U.S. Senate seats -- roughly one in five -- in January, following historic victories in Tuesday's elections. As many as six women could win election to the Senate once all ballots are counted, and currently, 17 women-- the most yet-- serve in the chamber.

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