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A Surge of Women Candidates, but Crowded Primaries and Tough Races Await

A Surge of Women Candidates, but Crowded Primaries and Tough Races Await

Just as the women’s marches and #MeToo helped define 2017, the surging numbers of female candidates have defined the midterm races now underway. Yet for all that, the November elections may not produce a similar surge in the number of women in Congress.

More than half the female candidates for House and Senate seats are challenging incumbents, who historically almost always win; there were far more wide-open races in 1992’s so-called Year of the Woman, which doubled the number of women in Congress. A large percentage of the women now running for open seats are in districts that favor the other party. And many female candidates are clustered in the same districts, meaning many will be eliminated in this spring and summer’s primaries.

Last Tuesday’s primary elections in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina help illustrate the steep path. Two women ran for Senate, both were long shots, and both lost. In House races, 27 women won — more than half. But 16 will challenge incumbents in November, 15 of them in districts firmly favoring their opponents.

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GOP has few takers for 2020 convention

GOP has few takers for 2020 convention

Any convention attracts protestors, but the interest and passion stirred up in the Trump era, breathlessly covered by cable news networks, is expected to attract throngs of presidential critics to ...
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Naperville Mayor Chirico adds more than $45,000 to campaign trove, signaling possible bid for re-election

Naperville Mayor Chirico adds more than $45,000 to campaign trove, signaling possible bid for re-election

Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico reported raising more than $45,000 in campaign contributions earlier this year, an effort that suggests he might be preparing a run for re-election in 2019. On Friday, he confirmed he’s at least thinking about it.

“I am getting my campaign prepared,” he said. “I haven’t officially announced anything yet.”

Chirico’s spring fundraising came in two batches, according to campaign finance records. Among the donors are at least eight people — two of whom have contributed at least $2,500 each — who hold mayoral-appointed positions on city advisory committees.

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State Rep. John Connor Fundraiser

Hosted by: Will Co. Executive Larry Walsh, Sen. Pat McGuire,  Marco Poulos & Local 150 Operating Engineers Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm ...
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Democratic Party of Wheatland Township Monthly Meeting

Democratic Party of Wheatland Township Monthly Meeting

Monday, June 4th, 2018 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Delicia Mexican Restaurant  12237 S. Rt 59, Suite 128, Plainfield, IL 60585 ...
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Judge David Garcia Fundraiser

Hosted by Henderson Law & Mediation Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Juliet's Tavern 205 North Chicago Street, Joliet, IL 60432 ...
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IL Democratic Women of Will County - A Day at the Races Fundraiser

IL Democratic Women of Will County - A Day at the Races Fundraiser

Saturday, June 9th, 2018 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm McQ's Bar & Grill 730 North Bolingbrook Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 $30 per person includes food & soft drinks ...
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Plainfield Township Democratic Organization Monthly Meeting

Plainfield Township Democratic Organization Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 7:00 pm Cemenos Pizza 1630 Essington Rd, Joliet, IL 60435 More information: ...
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Ken Harris for Will County Board District 4 Fundraiser

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Home Run Inn Pizza 1280 W. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 $25 person, $35 per couple Cash ...
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SAVE THE DATES - Plainfield Fest in Downtown Plainfield

Plainfield Fest in Downtown Plainfield  Friday, July 20th through Sunday, July 22nd The Plainfield Democrats will sponsor a booth to showcase our Organization, Democratic Elected ...
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A Surge of Women Candidates, but Crowded Primaries and Tough Races Await

Just as the women’s marches and #MeToo helped define 2017, the surging numbers of female candidates have defined the midterm races now underway. Yet for all that, the November elections may not produce a similar surge in the number of women in Congress.

More than half the female candidates for House and Senate seats are challenging incumbents, who historically almost always win; there were far more wide-open races in 1992’s so-called Year of the Woman, which doubled the number of women in Congress. A large percentage of the women now running for open seats are in districts that favor the other party. And many female candidates are clustered in the same districts, meaning many will be eliminated in this spring and summer’s primaries.

Last Tuesday’s primary elections in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina help illustrate the steep path. Two women ran for Senate, both were long shots, and both lost. In House races, 27 women won — more than half. But 16 will challenge incumbents in November, 15 of them in districts firmly favoring their opponents.

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