High-profile races and candidates? Yes -- such as the contest between Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA, (left) and Republican Carly Fiorina. But women won't make historic gains at the polls this year. Justin Sullivan/Getty hide caption

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Republican Allen West, left, and Rep. Ron Klein, D-Fla.after a debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.   Alan Diaz/Associated Press hide caption

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