All-Female Races, All Across the Country

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As mentioned in my previous posts, there are 11 U.S. House and Senate races this year in which women are the nominees from each major party. I've compiled some information and musings on each of these 11 races, which will be posted in full by next week:

California's 16th: Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat, seems destined to cruise to victory against newcomer Republican Charel Winston. Lofgren's not alone in this regard. Several Democrats near San Francisco and Silicon Valley are running so "fat and happy" that they're giving away money to more financially stressed Democrats in other races and in other states.

"In the first six months of 2006, congressional Democrats in and around Silicon Valley contributed their own campaign funds to races the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has deemed pivotal in Illinois, Louisiana, South Dakota, and Texas, among other states, as well as tens of thousands of dollars to the congressional campaign committee, according to Political Money Line, an online analysis of Federal Elections Commission data."

Lofgren gave away the not-inconsequential sum of $96,000.

Colorado's Fourth: Democratic challenger Angie Paccione probably wishes she were doing well enough to be giving away money. In her bid to unseat two-term incumbent Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, a new poll shows Paccione 10 percentage points behind Musgrave, and the party apparatus is pulling back on funding the race. According to the Associated Press, "In the Fourth Congressional District, which spans eastern Colorado, Republicans seized on Democrats' decision to cancel about $600,000 in advertising time as proof that they had given up on Paccione, a state legislator from Fort Collins. 'Given the conservative makeup of eastern Colorado and the liberal views of Angie Paccione, it makes sense,' said NRCC [National Republican Congressional Committee] spokesman Jonathan Collegio." Now, now.

Maine Senate: Beloved moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe faces off against self-described farmer Jean Hay Bright. Snowe's basking in the glow of a 65 percent favorability rating from her constituents, so she's cruising toward re-election. Perhaps that's why Democrat Hay feels free to chronicle her latest attendance at antiwar rallies on her website, http://www.jeanhaybright.us, and to run headlines such as this: "October 2, 2006–Congress votes for America to become a totalitarian state." When you know you're not going to win, what the Hay, right? (Sorry, dear readers...)

Up next: Wetterling vs. Bachmann in Minnesota