Three states held primaries on Tuesday — Alaska, Florida and Wyoming — bringing the number of women on U.S. House of Representatives ballots in November to at least 287, a number that is likely to grow as primaries delayed by coronavirus are completed.
There are currently 101 women — 88 Democrats and 13 Republicans — serving in the House. In November, there will be at least 199 Democratic women and 88 Republican women on House ballots, according to the Center for Women and American Politics at Rutgers University (CAWP).
There will also be at least 48 House races in which two women are competing, breaking the record of 33 all-woman House contests in 2018, according to CAWP data.
Here how women fared in Tuesday’s primaries:
In Alaska’s only Congressional District, Democrat Alyse Galvin, who first ran in 2018, will be re-challenging incumbent Republican Don Young, who has represented the state since the 1970s. Galvin has posted strong fundraising numbers and the Cook Political report rates the race as “leans” Republican.
Florida has 27 Congressional Districts, and women will be competing in races in more than half of them in November.
There will be at least five House races in Florida districts that will feature two women as the major-party candidates. The Democratic incumbents in these five races are favored to win. There could be a sixth race with two women pending the outcome of the Republican primary in the 23rd District, where Carla Spalding is leading and would challenge Democratic incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is projected to keep her seat.
In Florida’s 3rd District, Kat Cammock won the Republican primary for a seat being vacated by Ted Yoho, who recently came under fire for reportedly calling his Democratic colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “fucking bitch” due to her positions on alleviating poverty. This seat is rated as solidly Republican and could therefore be an opportunity for Republicans to add a woman to their House ranks.
Wyoming’s U.S. Senate race will feature two women in November when Democrat Merav Ben-David, a climate activist, faces off against Republican Cynthia Lummis, a former state legislator.
Wyoming has never sent a woman to the U.S. Senate. The seat, currently held by retiring Republican Senator Mike Enzi. Lummis, is expected to stay red.
Wyoming’s only House district will feature a woman-versus-woman race between Democrat Lynnette Grey Bull, an indiginous women’s advocate, and Republican Liz Cheney, currently the third-highest ranking Republican in the House.