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With so much to juggle, and so many things to be discouraged about, many moms may just opt to stay home on Election Day. istockphoto.com hide caption

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Sept. 27, 1994: Then-House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich and other Republicans unveil their "Contract with America" at a Capitol Hill rally. John Duricka/AP hide caption

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, in Washington.  Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press hide caption

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Sept. 27, 1994: Then-House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich and other Republicans unveil their "Contract with America" at a Capitol Hill rally. John Duricka/AP hide caption

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McConnell, left, and House Minority Leader John Boehner at the Capitol in March. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America hide caption

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