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After last night, more women are major party nominees in House and gubernatorial races than ever before

The glass ceiling for female politicians suddenly has a lot more cracks.A record 11 women will be maj...

Posted: Aug 8, 2018 2:40 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2018 2:40 PM

The glass ceiling for female politicians suddenly has a lot more cracks.

A record 11 women will be major party nominees in gubernatorial races this fall, according to the Center for American Women in Politics. And there are least 182 female major party nominees for US House seats -- the most of any election year.

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These benchmarks were set after last night's primaries in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington. Laura Kelly of Kansas and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan both won the Democratic bids for governor in their respective states, and 11 women across three states won primaries in House races.

Before this year, the House record was set in 2016 with 167 female candidates. The old record for women US gubernatorial nominees was first set in 1994 at 10 nominations, CAWP said.

Of course, we're still a long way from gender parity in American politics. Twenty percent of members of the current Congress are women -- the most ever -- but men still vastly outnumber women in elected offices, no matter what happens in November.

"We're also tracking, of course, whether we'll beat the most important record of all this year: the number of women serving," CAWP wrote in its statement.

So while this year's races might move the scale, they won't balance it.

Still, CAWP's director, Debbie Walsh, said the results send an important message.

"Tonight's results are a reminder that women have to be in it to win it," she said in a statement.

The next question: How many of these women -- in both major parties -- can actually win in November?

A record-setting election season

The records don't just apply to the women who won primaries -- unprecedented numbers of women ran in this year's elections.

The number of women who ran for governor in 2018 is almost double the previous record set in 1994. And 60% more women filed for House races than ever have before in a single year.

"This has been an election season of records for women candidates," Walsh said.

As Democrats running in solid Republican states, many of the women candidates face long odds.

The Senate had 11 primaries fielding women candidates, and among this year's female Senate hopefuls there are a lot more Democrats (32) than Republicans (22).

Women candidates are setting records in other ways, too. Black women ran for office in record numbers in Alabama, and a Michigan Democrat will likely be the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 319704

Reported Deaths: 7369
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Hinds20677421
Harrison18407317
Rankin13880282
Jackson13689248
Madison10249224
Lee10056176
Jones8464167
Forrest7827153
Lauderdale7260242
Lowndes6509150
Lamar634888
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Hancock386687
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Tate342486
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Pike3369111
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Scott320174
Yazoo314171
Adams307486
Itawamba305178
Copiah299966
Coahoma298784
Simpson298189
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Leake271974
Marion271280
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Wayne264442
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George252051
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Holmes190374
Clay187854
Stone187833
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Clarke178980
Calhoun174132
Yalobusha167840
Smith164034
Walthall135347
Greene131833
Lawrence131024
Montgomery128643
Noxubee128034
Perry127138
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Kemper96629
Franklin85023
Quitman82216
Choctaw79118
Wilkinson69532
Jefferson66228
Sharkey50917
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 548323

Reported Deaths: 11288
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Mobile42066826
Madison35663525
Tuscaloosa26162458
Shelby25595254
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Baldwin21839313
Lee16265176
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Morgan14626285
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Houston10764288
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Clarke352961
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Pike314078
Lawrence3129100
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Marengo250665
Pickens236862
Barbour234659
Hale226878
Butler224071
Fayette218162
Henry193843
Cherokee187245
Randolph187044
Monroe179341
Washington170439
Macon162951
Clay160159
Crenshaw155657
Cleburne153244
Lamar146537
Lowndes142054
Wilcox127030
Bullock124242
Conecuh113430
Coosa111429
Perry108626
Sumter105732
Greene93534
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