U.S. Primaries a Big Win for the Female Candidates
The U.S. primaries are in full swing where voters have been choosing the Republican and Democratic candidates to represent them for November’s mid-term elections. An undisputed outcome of these votes is that women candidates have been the biggest winners overall in a dozen U.S. primaries.
In the State of California, two former company bosses, Meg Whitman, of the online auction house eBay, and Carly Fiorina, of the computer supplies institution Hewlett-Packard, won the Republican nominations for state governor and US senator respectively.
For the female Democrats Senator Blanche Lincoln won a competitive high-profile battle in Arkansas, baffling critics who thought she would surely lose amid anti-incumbent feeling.
This voting outcome is expected to trim the Democratic majorities in Congress headed by President Obama following the up and coming November polls.
Even the Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger will be replaced by the female republican candidate Ms Whitman a billionaires who self-funded her own campaign to the tune of $70 million and became the first woman nominated for governor by California’s Republican Party. Former Democratic Governor Jerry Brown will also vie for this hotly contested seat.
Ms Fiorina will be the state’s Republican candidate to challenge Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer in November.
In Nevada, Republicans chose the ultra-conservative former teacher Sharron Angle as their mid-term candidate to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat whose popularity in his home state has plummeted.
The November mid-term elections are boiling down to be what looks like a literal referendum on Mr Obama’s presidency.
It cannot be completely ruled out and may just occur through these results that the Democratic Party could possibly lose control of one or both houses of Congress.
The Democrats currently control 59 seats in the Senate (including two seats held by independents) and have a majority of some 40 seats in the House of Representatives.
Coming in November, all 435 House seats are up for contention as well as about a third of the Senate’s 100 seats.
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