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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Dems Lead Women Gains in Elective Offices

So how did women candidates do on November 4? According to Linda Feldmann’s Christian Science Monitor report “Women make modest gains in Election 2008,” women candidates netted 1 US Senate seat, 3 House of Reps seats, and a .50 percent pick up in all the state legislatures combined. The NH Senate became the first state legislature in U.S. history to become majority female with 13 of 24 seats. According a report by to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, the net gains in state legislatures are “entirely due to an increase in Democratic women.” CAWP reports a net gain of one woman governor and 6 female secretaries of state — all Dems. No data yet on women mayors, who were 16.2 percent of all mayors of cities with more than 30K residents before the election.

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