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Heavy loss by female candidate in Republican NC runoff sparks shock


Added 07-10-19 08:56:02pm EST - “Republican lawmakers expressed shock and disappointment at the heavy defeat suffered by a? female candidate in a North Carolina primary runoff despite earning prominent endorsements and being backed by outside groups.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Heavy loss by female candidate in Republican NC runoff sparks shock”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Republican lawmakers expressed shock and disappointment at the heavy defeat suffered by a female candidate in a North Carolina primary runoff despite earning prominent endorsements and being backed by outside groups.

Dr. Joan Perry, a pediatrician running in her first election, lost by 20 points against state Rep. Greg Murphy in the runoff to be the Republican nominee to replace the late Rep. Walter JonesWalter Beaman JonesGreg Murphy wins GOP primary runoff for North Carolina House seat GOP women's super PAC blasts 'out of touch' candidate in NC runoff GOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates MORE (R) in North Carolina’s 3rd District. 

Lawmakers said the scale of the loss highlighted the challenges faced by Republicans to recruit and get more female candidates elected after the number of female Republican lawmakers in the House dropped from 23 to 13 following last year's midterms.

Lawmakers and outside groups also vowed to reevaluate their recruitment strategy for female candidates at a time when Democrats elected a record number of female lawmakers last year, many in key suburban swing districts that Republicans would need to win back to regain the House in 2020.

Rep. Jackie WalorskiJacqueline (Jackie) R. WalorskiDrugmaker challenges FDA on animal testing Lawmakers pressed to fix tax law glitch Some in GOP fear Buttigieg run for governor MORE (R-Ind.) said she was “shocked” by the margin by which Perry lost the race, calling it a moment that brought into "stark reality" the challenges faced by female GOP candidates.

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