The surge in female candidates this year is poised to remake the face of Congress — whether or not there’s a so-called blue wave on Election Day. In this year’s primaries, Democrats nominated 198 women for Congress overall, while Republicans nominated 59.
But new data shared exclusively with by The Primaries Project at Brookings also suggests the influx of new female members could significantly alterhow the Democratic Party shapes its message and sets its policy agenda.
The record-breaking number of Democratic women who sought their party’s nomination won primaries at a higher rate than their Republican counterparts. In House primaries without an incumbent, Democratic women faced off against male candidates in 147 races and were victorious in 101 of those races.
By contrast, only 51 Republican primaries featured such a match-up, and Republican women won only 17 of those races. The end result? An unprecedented surge of women on the midterm ballot, most of them Democrats.