Written by Joanne Bamberger for Babble.com.
Now that the 2012 presidential campaign is pretty much down to the final two candidates -- President Barack Obama for the Democrats and former Governor Mitt Romney for the Republicans (sorry, Ron Paul!), we can finally turn our attention to some of the other races that are going on across the country.
Of course, the race for the White House is the one that will have most of our attention, but while these two guys duke it out, there are a lot of moms running for various elective offices across the country who are trying to make a difference, as well.
Here are the moms you're going to see on the campaign trail this year in various roles -- they're ones we should all be watching! (See slides 1-7 here on HuffPost; click over to Babble for Power Moms 8-10.)
<br>The junior U.S. Senator from New York is the mom of two young boys and a force to be reckoned with as she runs for re-election to the office that used to be Hillary Clinton's. She's only 45, so while she says she would love to see Secretary of State Clinton run for the White House in 2016, there's certainly enough time for her own presidential bid down the road!</br> (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin/AP.)
<br>The mom of a grown daughter and grandmother of three, Elizabeth Warren was the sheriff who came to town to clean up financial fraud. Now she's running for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. At the moment, she's in a dead heat in the race against current Senator Scott Brown.</br> (Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP.)
<br>This mom of two has been the junior Senator from New Hampshire for about a year and a half, but was the Attorney General of New Hampshire before that. She's been talked about as a possible vice presidential running mate for Mitt Romney.</br> (Photo by Cheryl Senter/AP.)
<br>Another mom of two, Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the highest ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives. You might recognize her from all the photo ops with Speaker of the House John Boehner -- she's usually the only woman in the photo!</br> (Photo by Young Kwak/AP.)
Mia Love is a newcomer to the national scene. She's running for Congress in a newly formed district in Utah and is a mom of three. She's currently the Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. If she wins this fall, she would be the first African American Republican congresswoman in history.
<br>South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is the mother of two daughters and is another woman on the potential short list to be Mitt Romney's running mate this fall. She's the author of her recently released memoir in which she talks about what it was like growing up as a woman of color in the Deep South.</br> (Photo by Gerry Broome/AP.)
<br>This mother of three is a true power player. A Congressomwoman from Florida, she is also the head of the Democratic National Committee, the powerful fundraising arm of the Democratic Party. Sadly, when the New York Times profiled her after she became the head of the DNC, the picture they used was of her in her kitchen in her pink sweat suit.</br> <br>(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)</br>
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