Women Tally Victories for Both Parties in Five Primaries

A dominant theme of the latest round of congressional primaries was the continued emergence of female candidates in both parties. There were 36 women running in House or Senate contests across five states on Tuesday. In South Carolina, Republican Katie Arrington won an upset victory over incumbent Representative Mark Sanford. In Virginia, Democrats nominated women in six of the seven U.S. House districts now in Republican hands, including four that will figure prominently into the broader battle for House control this fall. Democrats nominated Jacky Rosen for a closely contested Senate race in Nevada. In all, at least 14 women emerged as nominees in the primaries that also included Maine, North Dakota and Nevada.

Women Competed in Congressional Primaries on June 12, 2018

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Here's How Women Have Done in Primaries So Far

A record number of women have stepped up for U.S. House and Senate races— as of . Overall, almost three-fourths of the women running are Democrats—and they’ve been more successful than their Republican counterparts. More than half of Democratic women who’ve faced voters have won their races compared to about 40 percent of Republicans.

Primary Results by State

Here's What to Watch in the States Still to Vote

Some pivotal races for women candidates are on the horizon. In Tennessee, Representative Marsha Blackburn is considered the likely Republican nominee in the race to replace Republican Senator Bob Corker, who is not seeking re-election. Arizona is poised to send a woman to the U.S. Senate to replace retiring Republican Jeff Flake. Kyrsten Sinema is the likely Democratic nominee, and the top two Republican candidates are women—Representative Martha McSally and former state legislator Kelli Ward.

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