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GOP Women, Continued

Connecticut,  Florida, Minnesota, and Wisconsin go to the polls today, with primaries in 48 congressional districts. Currently 3 of those 48 districts are represented by Republican women; that number could decline to 2 when all is said and done.

That's because redistricting has put one of the three, Sandy Adams, into an incumbent-vs.-incumbent primary, which earlier polls have suggested she will lose to John Mica. She may yet win, however, thanks to support from Sarah Palin and other Tea Party conservatives.

The rest of the districts offer little hope. The best chance is in Connecticut's open 5th district, considered likely to stay Democratic but not a sure thing. Lisa Wilson-Foley achieved "Contender" status in the NRCC's "Young Guns" program (as did two others in that race), but from my understanding is not expected by many to prevail in today's primary.

Women are running in GOP primaries in just five other districts today: four with solidly safe Democratic incumbents, and one with a safe Republican incumbent.

All four states also have US Senate races -- all four representing potential Republican pickups, of varying likelihood. Two Republican women are running. Linda McMahon, as I've mentioned before, is expected to win her Connecticut primary but will have an uphill battle in November. Marielena Stuart is an also-ran in Florida.

Wisconsin, home to several rising GOP stars -- VP nominee Paul Ryan, Governor Scott Walker, and RNC chairman Reince Priebus -- has no Republican women running in its eight congressional districts or its open Senate race.

A small side note: the RNC has announced that Chris Christie will be the convention's keynote speaker, and that Marco Rubio will introduce Mitt Romney. Along with Ryan, that makes it 4-for-4 all-male so far for speaking slots likely to be carried live on free broadcast networks.

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