Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sailed to victory in her New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, setting up a November contest between her and Bryant “Corky” Messner, a lawyer endorsed by President Donald Trump who fended off a more formidable Republican challenger.
In New Hampshire’s two congressional district races in November there will be one woman, Democratic incumbent Rep. Anne McLane Kuster. She will face Republican Steven Negron, who beat Navy Captain Lynne Blankenbeker and other candidates.
Shaheen has a formidable lead over Messner in opinion polls. Kuster’s battle with Negron will likely be more competitive.
Rhode Island, which also has two U.S. House of Representatives districts, was the only state in 2020 to not have any women compete in primary races for either the House or the Senate, according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP).
Historically, Rhode Island has elected just one woman to Congress: Republican Claudine Schneider in the 1980s.
There will be at least 297 women — 203 Democrats and 94 Republicans — on House ballots in the November general election. This number could rise as several states finish their congressional primaries.
Senate races will feature at least 19 women — 12 Democrats and 7 Republicans — according to CAWP tracking data.
At least 51 of those congressional races will feature two women candidates, according to CAWP analysis, breaking the previous record of 33.