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20 Percent in 2012. Pass it on.


With a record number of women now running for seats in both the US House and Senate, The 2012 Project is launching "20 Percent in 2012."   


To reach 20 percent -- a 3 percentage point increase -- 107 women would have to win election to the House and Senate. That would mean the largest rate of growth since 1992, known widely as the "Year of the Woman."


"It's an ambitious goal, but it's within reach - so we're putting out the word that it's possible," says CAWP's Debbie Walsh. 


With primaries completed in all states, there are now a record 163 women nominees for House seats. The previous record was 141 women set in 2004. 


"Let's accelerate the pace of progress," says Mary Hughes, founder and director of The 2012 Project.


To reach 20 percent women in the House, or 87 women, The 2012 Project is counting on:

  • 56 women incumbents certain to win;
  • 3 women incumbents likely to win;
  • 10 new women candidates almost certain to win;
  • and 27 incumbent women and new candidates running in competitive seats, of whom two-thirds would need to win. 

We will continue to update projections throughout the election season. 

To follow the progress of women and learn more about their races, visit The 2012 Project Women's Election Tracker. 


Help women hit "20 Percent in 2012" by forwarding this e-mail, liking this campaign on Facebook, and following us on Twitter. 


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