Record num­ber of women ap­pear headed for Con­gress

The Oklahoman - - NEWS - BY MARY JOR­DAN

More than 100 women were pro­jected to win seats in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, eas­ily shat­ter­ing the record. Over­whelm­ingly, they awere Democrats who helped the party take con­trol of the cham­ber.

Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the House. By 1 a.m. Wed­nes­day as the votes were still be­ing counted, 85 had al­ready been de­clared win­ners.

“Women made his­tory in a num­ber of ways and were a sig­nif­i­cant force in flip­ping many dis­tricts from red to blue,” said Kelly Dittmar, a po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist at the Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Women and Pol­i­tics at Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity.

Many of the win­ning can­di­dates cam­paigned on the need for bet­ter health care for all Amer­i­cans. They come from a wide va­ri­ety of back­grounds from mil­i­tary veter­ans to teach­ers - and many had never run for of­fice be­fore.

Women made in­roads in gu­ber­na­to­rial races, too, which are par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant be­cause of the up­com­ing re­dis­trict­ing bat­tles. In Kansas and Michi­gan, women flipped states that had been un­der GOP con­trol.

Demo­cratic state Sen. Laura Kelly de­feated Re­pub­li­can Kris Kobach, whom Trump had cam­paigned with re­cently in Kansas.

[KATHER­INE FREY/THE WASH­ING­TON POST]

Demo­crat Jen­nifer Wex­ton talks to sup­port­ers flanked by her hus­band, An­drew, Tues­day in Dulles, Va. Wex­ton beat in­cum­bent Bar­bara Com­stock in Vir­ginia’s 10th con­gres­sional dis­trict.

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