Two Democratic women swept into the Senate in 1992's ``Year of the Woman'' beat back challenges Tuesday to keep their seats. A third, Illinois' Carol Moseley-Braun, beset by ethics accusations, was sent home.

The fourth, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, was not up for re-election.

Both California's Barbara Boxer, an underdog to Republican Matt Fong, and Washington's Patty Murray will return to Washington for second terms.

Another Democrat, Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, who won her second term in 1992, kept her seat quite easily.

Moseley-Braun, the first black woman to serve in the Senate, had been hurt by criticism of her August 1996 friendly visit with a Nigerian dictator and controversy over campaign funds. GOP challenger Peter Fitzgerald led her by 4 percentage points with 68 percent of precincts reporting.

In addition, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas defeated state Sen. Fay Boozman to replace Dale Bumpers and become her state's second female senator. The only other one, Hattie Caraway, was elected in 1932 and was also the nation's first.

Feinstein was elected in 1992 to finish out the expired term of a Republican appointee. She was re-elected in 1994 to a full term.