June 07, 2022

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Results from Recent Primaries

Primaries are happening today in California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota, with additional contests next Tuesday in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Carolina. Follow CAWP on Twitter on primary nights for real-time results and analysis for women in election 2022 and bookmark our Election Analysis page for CAWP’s full results reporting.

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Two weeks ago, primaries were held in Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia, as well as run-off contests in Texas. Here are some notable results for women candidates from these contests:

  • In Arkansas, former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders won the Republican nomination for governor and is highly favored in the general election. She would be the first woman governor of Arkansas, as well as the first daughter of a former governor to fill the position formerly held by her father (Mike Huckabee). Meanwhile, the lieutenant governor’s race will be contested by two women, current Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) and Kelly Ross Krout (D), meaning there is a high likelihood that the next Arkansas governor and lieutenant governor will both be women. No state in U.S. history has had women concurrently serving as both governor and lieutenant governor.
  • With her defeat by incumbent U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (D) in GA-07, incumbent U.S. Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux (D) becomes the first woman U.S. House incumbent defeated in the 2022 election cycle. [Fact sheet: Redistricting Effects on Women Congressional Incumbents]
  • Former State Representative Stacey Abrams (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary for governor of Georgia. Georgia has never elected a woman governor. Abrams became the first Black woman to win a major-party gubernatorial nomination in 2018.
  • Katie Britt (R) has advanced to the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate in Alabama, where she will compete against U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R). If successful, Britt would be the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama (two women were previously appointed), as well as the first Republican woman to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate.
  • Jasmine Crockett (D) won the Democratic nomination in TX-30, an open-seat contest currently rated as "Solid Democrat" by Cook Political Report, indicating a likely pick-up for a Black woman in the U.S. House from Texas. 

The Morning After: A Post-Primary Analysis

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Speaking of election results…our colleagues at the Eagleton Institute of Politics will be hosting their regular after-action analysis of elections in New Jersey tomorrow, Wednesday, June 8th at 10:00am ET, virtually on Zoom. The discussion will feature Saladin Ambar, professor of political science, Eagleton Institute of Politics; T. Missy Balmir, Eagleton visiting associate; Colleen O’Dea, senior writer and projects editor, NJ Spotlight; and Michael Symons, statehouse bureau chief, New Jersey 101.5. John Weingart, Eagleton associate director, will moderate. Register to attend the event here

Emerging Visions


CAWP Director Debbie Walsh, Visiting Practitioner Kimberly Peeler-Allen, and Senior Scholar Kira Sanbonmatsu recently participated in the OpenSecrets forum, (E)merging Vision: Fortifying Democracy’s Future, at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana. This forum showcased data and analysis from OpenSecrets with various internal and external stakeholders in dialogue about fortifying democratic elections and governance. Peeler-Allen moderated Gender & Race: Analyses, a panel that also featured Sanbonmatsu discussing the ongoing CAWP Women, Money, and Politics series of reports, the underlying data for which is produced in collaboration with OpenSecrets. This research has shown repeatedly that, in addition to challenges women face as political fundraisers, women also lag their male counterparts as political donors. This forum was an excellent opportunity to showcase for an invested audience CAWP findings about women’s under-participation in a key aspect of American political life. 

CAWP Co-hosts Women’s Labor Leadership Event at Rutgers 


CAWP was honored to co-host a Political Directors Convening on Rutgers’ campus with the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO) at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. The convening brought together approximately 15 political directors of unions and other economic justice organizations from across the country, most of whom were women of color. The retreat-style gathering aimed to better understand how to support the unique needs of political directors and to identify pathways to expand their leadership. The brainchild of CIWO, the convening was informative, challenging, and inspiring. CAWP Associate Director Jean Sinzdak and Visiting Practitioner Kimberly Peeler-Allen participated and were inspired by the visionary leadership of the participants. We look forward to seeing them continue to lead in their organizations and communities!

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