Women candidates poised to make history in 2018 midterm elections

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Women candidates poised to make history in 2018 midterm elections

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The 1992 election is often referred to as "The Year of the Woman," as more women were elected to Congress than any year before. This year is set to be another record-breaking year by the same measure, and several women are poised to make history due to their race, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.

In 1992, many women were inspired to run in response to the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, when a panel of all white men questioned lawyer Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment. This year, many Democratic women were inspired to run by the election of President Trump.

A record 53 women ran to be elected to the Senate and 476 women ran for the House of Representatives in 2018. Twenty-two of them won party nominations to the Senate and 235 won party nominations to the House. Those 257 women will be on ballots in midterm elections in November.

Click here to read the full article published by CBS News on 20 October 2018.

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