Voters in Oklahoma, Colorado, Maryland, and New York head to the polls on Tuesday to select major party nominees for this fall's election. Gender Watch 2018, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation (BLFF) and the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP), has issued outlooks on women candidates running for congressional and statewide offices in Colorado, Maryland, New York, and Oklahoma. Gender Watch 2018 will also provide real-time results and analysis of results on Twitter and at www.genderwatch2018.org.
In Colorado, Cary Kennedy and Donna Lynne are competing for the Democratic nomination for an open governorship in a state that has yet to elect a woman governor.
Meanwhile, Maryland is one of eleven states that currently have no women among their U.S. congressional delegation and thirteen women are on Tuesday's ballot to try to change that. Four women are running in the Democratic primary against incumbent Senator Ben Cardin, and one woman is running for the Republican nomination. Eight women, four Republicans and four Democrats, are competing in four of eight congressional districts in Maryland.
In New York, Kirsten Gillibrand is unopposed in her primary to seek a second full term in the U.S. Senate, but may face a woman challenger if Chele Farley wins the Republican nomination. If Farley is successful, New York's Senate race will become one of more than fourteen congressional races, and the second U.S. Senate contest of 2018, featuring a matchup between two women. See CAWP's historical list of woman versus woman matchups for more context.
Oklahoma has only ever sent two women to the U.S. Congress, with just one - current Governor Mary Fallin (R) - serving after 1923. This year, nine Democratic women are running in four of Oklahoma's five U.S. House districts. In addition, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Connie Johnson, if elected, would become the state's first woman of color elected to statewide office.
Stay tuned for Gender Watch 2018's post-primary analysis on Wednesday morning and see CAWP's Election Watch at any point in the election season for a full summary women candidates nationwide.
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers-New Brunswick, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women's political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life. CAWP's education and outreach programs translate research findings into action, addressing women's under-representation in political leadership with effective, imaginative programs serving a variety of audiences. As the world has watched Americans considering female candidates for the nation's highest offices, CAWP's over four decades of analyzing and interpreting women's participation in American politics have provided a foundation and context for the discussion.