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FILE - This photo combo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., left, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. The razor-thin race for the White House has overshadowed the fight for control of Congress. But the stakes are high in the Senate contests. In Missouri, Akin was deserted by the Republican establishment after he remarked in August that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape." He has fallen behind McCaskill, who had been considered the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings, Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Record wins for women in Senate

Women will occupy a record number of

U.S. Senate seats -- roughly one in five -- in January,

following historic victories in Tuesday's elections. As many as six women could win election to the Senate once

all ballots are counted, and currently, 17 women--

the most yet-- serve in the chamber.