GOP Candidates Help Lead To Record Number Of Women Running For Congress In 2020

By Mark Brodie
Published: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:19pm
Updated: Monday, August 10, 2020 - 12:22pm

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There are a record number of women running for Congress this year — again.

More than 580 women are candidates for U.S. House seats. That follows the 2018 cycle, in which nearly 480 women filed for Congressional offices; that year was often described as a “year of the woman.”

But this time around, the numbers are being bolstered, at least in part, by an increase in the number of Republican women running for the House.

Some say it’s likely there’ll be more women in Congress next year, although there could be fewer women in the U.S. Senate.

Kelly Dittmar is an associate professor of political science at Rutgers University-Camden and the director of research at the school’s Center for American Women in Politics. The Show spoke with her about how has 2020 seemed, in terms of the number of women running for office, relative to the most recent election cycles.

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