In this ad from Republican Stewart Mills, his wife Heather says he dons pink heels each year to raise money for victims of domestic violence. YouTube hide caption

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Moderates triumphed at the '76 convention but their candidate, Ronald Reagan, lost the general election in the fall, Anthony Camerano/AP hide caption

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Democrats have dominated Rhode Island's Capitol building in Providence for decades. One state Republican says it's an "uphill battle" to sell voters and candidates on the GOP's message. Myles Dumas /iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Rather than a wave moving in one party's favor, crosscurrents have moved the states apart. One political scientist says, "This hardly ever happens, where the blue states get bluer and the red states redder, instead of the whole country going in one direction." martinwimmer /iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Incoming Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who spoke during the Republican National Convention this summer in Tampa, Fla., is among a number of minority politicians seen as rising stars in the GOP. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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What does your vision of America look like? Loud Red Creative/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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