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Primary Analysis: Arizona Will Send its First Woman to the Senate

While a Major Milestone for Women in Florida Will Have to Wait 

Gender Watch 2018, a project of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation (BLFF), provides a full analysis of the August 28th primaries in Arizona, Florida, and Oklahoma (runoffs) here

Some highlights:
  • Arizona is currently one of 20 states that has never had a woman senator. In selecting women as both major-party nominees (Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema), Arizona is all but guaranteed to send its first woman to the U.S. Senate in 2019. There are now 6 all-female U.S. Senate contests already slated for November's general election, according to CAWP.
  • Florida is one of 22 states that has never had a woman governor. That will not change in 2019, after Gwen Graham fell short of winning the Democratic nomination. Just 2 (1D, 1R) women are major-party candidates for other statewide elected executive offices in Florida this fall.
  • 3 more all-women contests for the U.S. House were added to the current slate of woman versus woman races for November in AZ-02, AZ-08, and FL-27 (the race to replace retiring Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen). According to CAWP, there are now 26 all-women general election contests for the U.S. House in 2018.
  • Arizona could elect its first Latina (January Contreras, Democratic challenger for attorney general) and first Asian woman (Kimberly Yee, Republican nominee for state treasurer) to statewide office this year. Yee would also be the first Republican woman of color elected statewide in Arizona.
For more information, see the full analysis of how women fared in yesterday's primaries at Gender Watch 2018. For a full summary of women candidates in these states and nationwide, see CAWP's Election Watch site.


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