Female candidates boost Dems hopes in tough year

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman nicknamed Rocky. A daughter of former migrant farmworkers. A child of politics.

Three women who embody House Democratic hopes in a rough election year.

President Barack Obama's unpopularity is a drag on Democrats. No one's talking seriously about breaking the GOP lock on the House in midterm elections, when the president's party traditionally loses seats.

But Democrats, after robust recruiting of female candidates, are counting on women to knock out a few GOP men.

In New Mexico, there's Rocky — Roxanne "Rocky" Lara, a former county commissioner.

In California, there's Amanda Renteria, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, and the first Latina chief of staff in the Senate.

In Florida, Gwen Graham is trying to emulate the campaign success of her father, a former governor and senator.

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