U.S Mid-Term Election: Women Break Record
L-R Democrat Sharice Davids, Republican Susan Hutchison and Democrat Rashida Tlaib, who is almost certain to be the first Muslim woman in Congress
More women candidates than ever will contest US governorships and House seats in November’s mid-term elections.
After Tuesday’s primaries across four states, there are now 11 female nominees for governor and at least 182 for the House of Representatives.
The results were hailed as a continuing success story by activists for women in politics.
There was also a key election for a House seat in Ohio, in which President Donald Trump claimed victory.
But US media said the race was still too close to call, in a safe Republican seat held by them since 1983. The outcome could indicate whether Democrats have a chance to overturn the Republican majority in the House in November.
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A breakthrough for women
After polling closed in the four states holding primaries on Tuesday – Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington – it became clear women had broken records for gubernatorial and House nominations.
Victories for Gretchen Whitmer (Michigan) and Laura Kelly (Kansas) in Democratic primaries mean 11 women will contest governorships in November
With polls closed in KS, MI, MO, we’ve broken the record for women major party nominees for U.S. House in any year.
The previous record was 167. With 5 women candidates unopposed and one all-female primary, we’ve hit 168 tonight with possibly more to come.