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Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Women Running for Senate, House Overshadowed by Clinton

With Senator Clinton getting most of the ink and broadcast time in her historic run for the White House, it’s easy to forget that there are a number of important congressional races with women candidates. The 16 women serving in the U.S. Senate and 74 women members in the House of Representatives represent an all-time high in both chambers. In percentage terms, however, that works out to 16 percent of the Senate and about 17 percent of the House, a less than impressive achievement for a nation that prides itself in being the world’s greatest democracy. The numbers could increase modestly after the November elections. CQ Politics‘ Greg Giroux has a round-up of many of the races where women have prospects in November. As usual, most of the women candidates are Democrats.

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