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Women’s electoral might grows in New Hampshire, US

MANCHESTER, N.H. — New Hampshire’s election of the nation’s first all-female congressional delegation was the most dramatic example of a phenomenon that swept the country Tuesday, as female voters flexed their muscle in the presidential race and female candidates earned a record number of seats in the US Senate and House of Representatives.

The results tick off like a Guinness World Records of electoral feats: Eleven women claimed US Senate seats, five of them newcomers, bringing their number to a record 20. One, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, rallied to defeat the man who said a woman could not get pregnant from legitimate rape. Four women, Elizabeth Warren among them, took seats in states that had never before sent women to the Senate.

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