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Joe Walsh

Women flex muscle at the polls

Congratulations, ladies. You kept the barbarians from the gate.

On Tuesday, Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, who famously said that a woman's reproductive system shuts down during "legitimate rape" and prevents conception, lost by 15 points to incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat who was considered an easy target by the tea party. She won women voters ages 18 to 44 overwhelmingly.

And Richard Mourdock, who said that if a woman does become pregnant during rape, it is something that God intended, lost the Indiana Senate race to Joe Donnelly. The vote was even among men, but Mr. Donnelly carried women by 10 points.

The two losses, in states that Republican...