June 23, 2020
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
Webinar: CAWP Women Elected Officials Database Demonstration 
Next Monday, June 29th at 1pm ET, CAWP will host a webinar to demonstrate the functionality of our brand new data product, the CAWP Women Elected Officials Database. The webinar will be led by CAWP Associate Director Jean Sinzdak, Data Services Manager Chelsea Hill, and CAWP Scholar and Director of Research Kelly Dittmar. The CAWP Women Elected Officials Database is a first-of-its-kind resource that expands upon our existing data collection and transforms it into an online, searchable format for public access, with the ability to search by year, position, level of office, state, party, and officeholder race and ethnicity. These search results are sharable and downloadable, and there are options to save searches for future reference, export data in multiple formats, and generate summary statistics and data visualizations. Learn how to put this valuable new tool and reveal the stories the data tells about women and American political history.

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Republican Women Set New Record for U.S. House Nominees 
A record 54 Republican women have secured nominations in races for U.S. House seats in the 2020 election, according to CAWP data. The previous record of 53 was set in 2004. Thus far, 114 Democratic women have won nominations for House seats in 2020, still short of their record of 182 set during the 2018 midterms. Multiple women of both parties are competing in races from the June 23rd primary that remain too close to call, and primary races are yet to be held in 24 states, so these numbers are expected to rise.

Results from the June 23rd Primary
Congressional and statewide primaries were held on Tuesday in three states: Kentucky, New York, and Virginia. Runoff congressional elections were also held in North Carolina and Mississippi.

Among the most notable results for women thus far:
  • Two of three of Virginia's women representatives to the U.S. House - Representatives Elaine Luria (D) and Abigail Spanberger (D) - will run in competitive contests in November to defend the seats they first won in 2018. The third incumbent - Representative Jennifer Wexton (D) - will be challenged by another woman - Aliscia Andrews (R) - in a general election contest currently favoring Wexton.
  • While at least one woman will be a U.S. House nominee in Kentucky this year, no women are favored to win in November. Kentucky has not had a woman serve in the U.S. House since 2007.
  • Lynda Bennett (R), who was endorsed by President Trump and former Representative Mark Meadows, was defeated in the Republican primary runoff in North Carolina's 11th congressional district. This would have been a likely pick-up for Republican women.
  • 12 (6D, 6R) women have already secured major-party nominations in New York's U.S. House races, including 5 (4D, 1R) of the 7 (6D, 1R) incumbent women representatives running for re-election this year (Representative Nita Lowey is not running for re-election). There will be at least one all-woman contest in New York's congressional elections this fall, a rematch from 2018 between Representative Elise Stefanik (R) and Tedra Cobb (D) in New York's 21st congressional district. Former Representative Claudia Tenney (R) will also run to reclaim her seat in New York's 22nd congressional district.  
View full results at our Election Analysis page ; due to the reliance on mail-in voting, many races remain too close to call, so this post will be updated as results are determined.
Live Viewing:  And She Could Be Next 
Join us on June 29th and June 30th for a live viewing of And She Could Be Next, a new docu-series airing nationally on PBS that tells the story of a defiant movement of women of color, transforming politics from the ground up.  We will be live-tweeting during the first episode (June 29th) at @CAWP_RU with @POPSUGAR, @shecouldbenext, and bushraamiwala.

The Equality Can't Wait Challenge
Equality Can't Wait, an initiative launched by Pivotal Ventures to expand women's power and influence in the U.S., has created a new system of grants called the Equality Can't Wait Challenge. The Challenge will award $30 million to help expand women's power and influence in the United States by 2030, and grants will be awarded to the organizations or coalitions of organizations with the most compelling proposals. Learn more about the program, and register to apply, here.

Upcoming Election Training 
Our partner in the Latinas Lead initiative, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, will host a campaign training workshop, The New World of Campaigning in 2020, for Hispanic candidates and  staffers working on their campaigns. Social distancing and staying at home may be necessary, but they necessitate a new way to campaign and get out the vote. The training session will be moderated by Chuck Rocha, President and Founder of Solidarity Strategies and will include panelists Dr. Matt Barreto (Latino Decisions, UCLA), María Urbina (Indivisible), and Juan Proaño (Plus Three). Register to join the session here.
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