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Female State Legislators Miss Out on Record Number of Seats After Clinton Defeat

  • Women lawmakers fail to win 25% of seats in first count
  • Men are more likely to run even as women have equal success

Female candidates fell short of forecasts that their record number in last week’s elections would boost women’s presence in state governments, according to preliminary results.

At 24.8 percent, the percentage of women in statehouses will remain about the same as it’s been since 2008. Women won an estimated 1,834 seats in 46 state government elections, up from 1,805 but less than those needed to top the 25 percent many predicted, the National Conference of State Legislatures said. Contested races could alter the tally.