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A Record Number Of Women Will Serve In Congress (With Potentially More To Come)


Added 11-07-18 08:07:01am EST - “A record-breaking year of female candidates and nominees will culminate in a record-breaking number of female legislators on Capitol Hill next year.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “A Record Number Of Women Will Serve In Congress (With Potentially More To Come)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Abigail Spanberger, Democratic candidate for Virginia's 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, thanks supporters at an election night rally. Spanberger declared victory over Republican incumbent Dave Brat. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

Abigail Spanberger, Democratic candidate for Virginia's 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, thanks supporters at an election night rally. Spanberger declared victory over Republican incumbent Dave Brat.

With results still coming in, 94 women have won or are projected to win their House races as of early Wednesday morning, up from the current 84. In addition, at least 13 women won Senate seats. That's in addition to the 10 female senators who were not up for re-election this year.

That means at least 117 women will serve in the 116th Congress, up from the current 107. And it will bring the share of Congress members who are women up from the current 20 percent to at least 22 percent.

These new records represent the culmination of a record-setting year for female candidates. In elections for Congress, governorships and state legislatures alike, the number of women who ran outstripped previous years, as did the number of women nominated.

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