July 07 2020
NEWS & NOTES
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Results from the June 30th Primaries 
Congressional and statewide primaries were held last Tuesday in three states: Colorado, Oklahoma, and Utah. Among the most notable results for women:
  • Lauren Boebert (R) defeated five-term incumbent Representative Scott Tipton (R) in the Republican primary in Colorado's 3rd congressional district. She is the second woman candidate to defeat an incumbent in the 2020 cycle (Marie Newman defeated incumbent Representative Dan Lipinski in the Democratic primary in Illinois' 3rd congressional district earlier this year). Boebert will face Democratic nominee Diane Mitsch Bush in an all-woman general election contest. To date, there are 28 congressional races featuring two women major-party nominees. Learn more about the history of women vs. women races at Election Watch
  • Incumbent Representative Kendra Horn (D) won the Democratic nomination for re-election in November. She will face one of two women - Terry Neese or Stephanie Bice - who advanced to the Republican primary runoff election in Oklahoma's 5th congressional district. This all but ensures that a woman will continue to hold the congressional seat in OK-05. Cook Political Report currently rates this contest as a toss-up. Horn was elected for the first time in 2018, defeating incumbent Representative Steve Russell (R) in 2018 by 1.4 points.
  • Both major-party candidates for Lieutenant Governor of Utah in 2020 are women. Karina Brown is the running mate of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Christopher Peterson, and Republican Deidre Henderson is running on the same ticket as Spencer Cox, who clinched the nomination last night in a close contest with former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman.
For full results from these races, including updates for races that are too close to call, see our Election Analysis page . Complete context about women in the 2020 elections, including candidate lists, summaries, results from previous primaries, and historical comparisons, is available via the Center for American Women and Politics' Election Watch page.

New Jersey Primary TODAY 
The New Jersey primary wraps up today, after being delayed by COVID-19. The state took measures to send every registered voter a mail-in ballot, or an application for unaffiliated voters, in order to protect public health while maintaining voters' ability to participate in the election.
Currently, two women represent New Jersey in the U.S. Congress: Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman and Mikie Sherrill. In 2020, 14 (10D, 4R) women are running for House seats in the New Jersey primary, including incumbents Watson Coleman and Sherrill, and 2 (2R) women are running in U.S. Senate primaries (no woman has ever represented New Jersey in the Senate).
Here are some of the races we're watching in today's primaries:
  • In New Jersey's 2nd congressional district, where incumbent Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew switched parties after winning as a Democrat in 2018, two women are running in the Democratic primary to decide who will challenge Van Drew in the fall.
  • In NJ-03, one of the districts that flipped from Republican to Democrat in 2018 and remains a toss-up, Kate Gibbs is running in the Republican primary to challenge freshman Rep. Andy Kim in November.
     
In NJ-11, the district won by Rep. Sherrill in 2018, Rosemary Becchi is running unopposed in the Republican primary, likely setting up a woman vs. woman contest in the 11th in the general election.
 
Follow  @CAWP_RU  on Twitter tonight to follow live election analysis, and bookmark our Election Analysis page to see results for women candidates tomorrow morning. Because ballots can be postmarked through election day today, there may be some delays in results reporting. Also, tune in to Eagleton's virtual panel about the primary election results, Seven Mornings After: Are the Votes Counted Yet? , on Tuesday, July 14th at 9:30am ET by registering here .




The Masculinity Trap in Electoral Politics
New on the  CAWP Election Analysis blog: Kelly Dittmar takes a look at political advertising seeking to either emasculate an opponent or prop up a candidate's masculine bona fides. Republicans and Democrats, men and women, use masculine clich├ęs as stand-ins for political competence, which only perpetuates systems that favor men as candidates. When ads from the Biden campaign or other groups like The Lincoln Project seek to emasculate President Trump they maintain a masculine political ideal. "Seeking to disqualify Trump - or any candidate - for his or her failure to meet masculine credentials," Dittmar writes, "only maintains power in those credentials and pressures candidates to engage in a competition over who meets them most. This is the trap of upholding masculine dominance in U.S. politics."
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When Women Lead : New Research from Rachel's Network
Rachel's Network, an organization devoted to environmental advocacy, philanthropy, and women's leadership that counts CAWP Director Debbie Walsh among their Circle of Advisors, produced an updated version of their regular When Women Lead report on legislators and environmental protection legislation and again finds that "women legislators vote for environmental protections more often than their male counterparts in both the House and Senate... If we want to make progress on protecting the environment and public health, we should help elect more women to public office, and support them during their tenure." Read the full report here.
Other New Research
New research has also recently been published by our friends at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and Represent Women. In their timely  new report
Rising to the Occasion: How Women Leaders Prove They Can Handle a Crisis, the team at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation interviews voters about their views on crisis management, women in leadership, and what they believe leaders need to do to effectively navigate challenging circumstances. Represent Women updates their 2016 report Individual and PAC Giving to Women Candidates with PACS and Donors: Agents of Change for Women's Representation, in which they examine the impacts of fundraising, both through political action committees and individual donors, on women candidates and the disparities that still exist for women in funding campaigns and electoral outcomes.
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