For Female Congressional Candidates, a Record Year

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WASHINGTON — In Texas, the 2012 election is already setting a new record for the number of female congressional candidates representing the two major parties in a general election — and a national record could follow.

Among the two major parties this year, 12 women — nine Democrats and three Republicans — have won primary elections so far in Texas for seats in the U.S. House. That’s up from record participation levels in 2010, where seven women — five Democrats and two Republicans — won primary elections in congressional races, according to Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics.

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