Women candidates boost Democratic election hopes

Published 4:13 pm Saturday, May 10, 2014

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

These female candidates for the House embody Democratic hopes in a rough election year.

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

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

That’s where Rocky from New Mexico — 39-year-old Roxanne “Rocky” Lara — comes in.