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One of the most distinctive female candidates is the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, Linda McMahon, former CEO of the World Wrestling Entertainment empire that she and her husband developed. Mrs. McMahon, who says she’ll spend up to $50 million of her own money on the race, was nicknamed “Crotch-kicker” in a statement from the Democratic National Committee.

In Colorado, the issue of male chauvinism surfaced in the campaign for the GOP Senate nomination. Ken Buck, a prosecutor with a strong tea party following, prevailed despite criticism for saying he should be backed over rival Jane Norton “because I do not wear high heels,” explaining, “I have cowboy boots. They have real bull— on ‘em” and alluding to what he would have to deal with in Washington.