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Democrats Pin Their Hopes On Female Senate Candidates07:59

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Right now there are 17 women in the U.S. Senate.

Some of them, like Senator Olympia Snowe, a Republican from Maine, are retiring. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, a Republican from Texas, is also giving up her seat.

But Democrats are hoping to make up for that lost ground with a record 11 Democratic women running for Senate.


  • Jennifer Lawless, director of Women and Politics Institute at American University

This segment aired on May 30, 2012.

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