100 Women Could Be Elected To The House This Year. That's A Record.

The future is fast approaching.

A record-breaking 100 women could be elected to the House during this year's midterms, according to a newly released elections analysis by NBC. As voters on both sides of the political spectrum prepare to hit the polls this November, female candidates are poised to make history.

According to NBC, Americans are on a path to put more new women in the House in the midterms than in any prior election. But the surge won't be even among the two main parties. While Democrats are pushing the election of its female candidates to the House, the Republican party will likely see a decrease in the number of women serving in office. 


The shift isn't unexpected. Since President Donald Trump's election, Democrats have seen a record number of women running for Congress, including many first-time candidates. As the analysis reveals, 50 percent of the 254 non-incumbent Democratic nominees for the House are women — a ratio that was unheard of in prior elections and which largely outweighs the 18 percent of first-time female candidates in the Republican party. 

Now, Americans are expected to see the impact of those campaigns. More women already sit in Congress than ever before, with a total of 84 women in the House and 23 in the Senate. But that number is likely to grow sharply come November. NBC reports that the election could result in between 30 and 40 new women entering the House alone in January. 

As Democrats continue their fight to elect more diverse representation to Congress, some states have already seen evidence of change. Earlier this month, Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley made headlines for cinching a stunning victory over 10-term incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary, making her likely to become the state's first-ever African-American congresswoman. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off a similarly shocking win in New York over Rep. Joe Crowley. 

And that was likely just the beginning. According to NBC's analysis, Democratic women are poised to see significant adds to their ranks in states all over the country, including Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia. Meanwhile, the report concludes that only three states may elect Republican women to office: New Mexico, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

Cover image via Gina Ortiz Jones and Debra Haaland's campaigns.


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