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FiveThirtyEight on lack of Republican female candidates

June 26, 2018

FiveThirtyEight on lack of Republican female candidates

CLEVELAND, Ohio — There’s been a surge of Democratic women running for seats in the U.S. House in 2018 — but the trend doesn’t translate across the aisle, according to FiveThirtyEight. Republican women aren’t running for these races in the same numbers as Democratic women this year.

“So far this cycle, according to the Center for Women and American Politics at Rutgers University, 350 Democratic women have filed to run for the House, compared with 118 Republican women. Democratic women have won 105 House primaries, compared with just 25 by Republican women,” FiveThirtyEight’s Perry Bacon writes.

For Republicans to increase their female ranks in Congress, the party must “recruit and support strongly conservative women in red states,” Bacon writes. “This, of course, is easier said than done.” 

Why?

There’s no big Republican group that actively encourages and supports women’s congressional bids, like EMILY’s List does for Democratic candidates, Bacon writes. Republicans don’t have a large pool of potential female candidates who could run for office.

Read more from the FiveThirtyEight article here.