Although men continue to be the predominant force in U.S. politics, a record number of women are seeking federal and statewide offices in the 2018 midterm elections. The number of women running will likely lead to greater representation for women in government following the vote in November.
Bloomberg highlighted some of the races to watch involving women.
In hopes of replacing retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake, female U.S. Senate hopefuls will face off in Arizona, which is the top state for women in office. The likely Democratic nominee is Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a moderate who has served three terms in the House. The August Republican primary is more competitive, with the two top candidates in the race being women — Representative Martha McSally and former state legislator Kelli Ward.
In eastern Washington’s 5th Disrict, the highest-ranking Republican woman in the house is being challenged by Democrat Lisa Brown, a former state Senate majority leader and the first Democratic woman to serve in that position.
Chrissy Houlahan, a Stanford-educated engineer, former Air Force Reserve captain and one-time chemistry teacher is viewed as the front-runner in the May 15 Democratic primary for Pennsylvania’s 6th District, an affluent suburban area outside Philadelphia. Houlahan is also seen as the favorite to win the seat of Republican Representative Ryan Costello, who is not seeking re-election.
After over a decade of working as a national security adviser during the Bush and Obama administrations, Elissa Slotkin decided to challenge Republican Representative Mike Bishop in the Lansing, Michigan, district. In the 2016 presidential election, Trump won the district by nine percentage points.
Following Republican Representative Darrell Issa’s January announcement of his retirement from his seat representing an area near San Diego, California, two women entered the June primary. Kristin Gaspar, who became the first elected mayor of Encinitas in 2014 and currently serves as chairwoman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, will face Diane Harkey, a former state assemblywoman who currently serves on the State Board of Equalization and has been endorsed by Issa.
There are many other high-profile races involving women in the 2018 midterms, where candidates from both parties are engaging in contentious campaigns that are likely to result in fireworks as the primaries and November vote draws near.