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New Record for Democratic Women Nominees for U.S. House

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A record 183 Democratic women have secured nominations in races for U.S. House seats in the 2020 election, according to data collected by the Center for American Women and Politics, a division of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. The previous record of 182 was set in 2018. Republican women have also set a new record high for House nominees this year, with 78 GOP women thus far winning nominations for House seats. Women set new records this year for overall major-party House nominees, with 261 women nominees so far, beating the record of 234 set in 2018. With primaries still to come in eight states, these numbers are likely to rise.

In addition, congressional and statewide primaries were held recently in five states: Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Full results for women candidates in these contests from CAWP are available on our Election Analysis page, and, as some races remain too close to call, these results will be updated as outcomes are determined. 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:
  • Non-incumbent women won their party's nominations in two contests that could result in gains for Republican women in November.
    • In Georgia's 14th congressional district, Marjorie Greene won the Republican nomination in a district that strongly favors Republicans.
    • In Minnesota's 7th congressional district, Michelle Fischbach won the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Representative Collin Peterson (D) in a race currently rated as a toss-up by Cook Political Report.
  • Freshman Representative Ilhan Omar (D) - who is the first woman of color to represent Minnesota in Congress and one of the first Muslim women in Congress - defeated her primary challenger by 18 points, securing the Democratic nomination in Minnesota's 5th congressional district. She is favored to win re-election in November.
  • Molly Gray won the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. She will run to replace current Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman (D), who secured the Democratic nomination for Governor of Vermont.
  • No women advanced to the general election in Hawaii's major-party primary elections for the U.S. House, all but ensuring that the House delegation from Hawaii will be all-male for the first time since 2006. In the next Congress, Senator Mazie Hirono (D) will be the only woman in Hawaii's four-member congressional delegation (U.S. House and U.S. Senate).
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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