Women just broke a record: The most female nominees for governor in a single year

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August 8, 2018

Women just broke a record: The most female nominees for governor in a single year

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By Amber Phillips,

Nowhere is there a stronger gender disparity in U.S. politics than in governor’s mansions. Right now there are a grand total of six female governors.

Tuesday may go down as a day that helps change that dismal number. Primary voters in 2018 just set a record for nominating women to run for governor in either major party, according to data collected by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP).

Democratic voters nominated women for the governor’s mansion in Michigan and Kansas, bringing the total number of female nominees for governors to 11.

And with a number of primaries outstanding, women have the potential to smash the record they just set: There are 16 more female candidates still competing in gubernatorial primaries this year, from Hawaii to Florida, and in Wisconsin, Alaska and New York.

This has been a surprisingly hard record to break.

Click here to read the full article published by The Washington Post on 8 August 2018.

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