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CAWP REPORT: New Record for Women U.S. House Nominees

Tennessee Primary Sets Up Likely Republican Woman Pick-Up in U.S. House 
As of today, 243 women have secured nominations for U.S. House seats in the 2020 election, a new record high, according to the Center for American Women and Politics, a division of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. The previous record of 234 was set in 2018. Primary contests have yet to be held in 13 states, so this number is expected to rise.
 
A record 74 Republican women have already won nominations for U.S. House seats in 2020. Their previous record of 53 was set in 2004. Thus far, 169 Democratic women have won nominations for House seats in 2020, still short of their record of 182 set during the 2018 midterms.
 
In addition, congressional primaries were held yesterday in Tennessee. Full results for women candidates in the Tennessee primaries from CAWP are available on our Election Analysis page. Complete context about women in the 2020 elections, including candidate lists, summaries, results from previous primaries, and historical comparisons, are available via CAWP's Election Watch.
 
Among the most notable results for women:
  • Diana Harshbarger won the Republican nomination and Blair Walsingham won the Democratic nomination in Tennessee's only open-seat contest for the U.S. House in the 1st congressional district. This all-woman contest is currently rated as "Solid Republican" by Cook Political Report, indicating a likely pick-up by a Republican woman in November. No matter the result, Tennessee - which currently has no women House members - is all but guaranteed to have a woman in its nine-member U.S. House delegation in 2021.
  • All 5 (4D, 1R) other women winners in Tennessee's congressional primaries will run as challengers to incumbents in contests that strongly favor their opponents. Among them, 3 (2D, 1R) women House nominees challenged the same incumbents in 2018 and lost by at least 30 points.
For more information, see the full analysis of how women fared in yesterday's contests on our  Election Analysis page. Complete context about women in the 2020 elections can be found on CAWP's Election Watch.
About CAWP
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about women's political participation in the United States. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about the role of women in American politics, enhance women's influence in public life, and expand the diversity of women in politics and government. CAWP's education and outreach programs translate research findings into action, addressing women's under-representation in political leadership with effective, intersectional, and imaginative programs serving a variety of audiences. As the world has watched Americans considering female candidates for the nation's highest offices, CAWP's five decades of analyzing and interpreting women's participation in American politics have provided a foundation and context for the discussion.

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