Women are the big winners of a dozen US primaries

BBC News
9 June 2010

Female candidates have been the big winners in a dozen US primaries, where voters have been picking Democratic and Republican candidates for November’s mid-term elections.

In California, two former company bosses, Meg Whitman, of eBay, and Carly Fiorina, of Hewlett-Packard, won the Republican nominations for state governor and US senator respectively.

And Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln won a high-profile battle in Arkansas, confounding pundits who said she would lose amid anti-incumbent feeling.

The November polls are expected to trim the majorities in Congress held by President Obama’s Democratic Party.

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