WASHINGTON – Women could win a historic number of races Tuesday in this “year of the woman” election, driven largely by the massive “resistance” movement to President Donald Trump that began after the 2016 election.
Women have smashed records this election cycle in terms of the number who filed to run, the number of women who became their party's nominees for House, Senate and gubernatorial races, and even the number of women running against women in general election races.
It’s possible that women could lose seats in the Senate and they may not break the record for the number of women governors. But for the first time in history, Americans could elect more than 100 women to the House, said David Wasserman, the U.S. House editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
“That would not be occurring without Donald Trump in the White House,” Wasserman said. “It is a direct reaction to his election.”
The majority of those women running for House seats – 185 – are Democrats while 52 are Republicans. About one-third are women of color.
Many women would break barriers by winning their races. Among them:
Stacey Abrams of Georgia, who is running to become the nation’s first African-American female governor.
Either Rep. Martha McSally, a Republican, or Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, who will become Arizona's first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
Sharice Davids, a Kansas Democrat and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Deb Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat and member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, and Yvette Herrell, a GOP state representative in New Mexico and a member of the Cherokee Nation, could be among the first Native American congresswomen.