What I Learned This Week

Democrats’ push to elect women is the biggest story of the 2018 primaries. What are the implications for 2020?

According to a 2017 CNN poll, 83% of Democrats said the country “would be governed better if more women were in political office,” compared with 36% of Republicans. That is “more than double the gap Gallup found on this [question] in 2000,” tweeted David Wasserman, US House editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. Women’s political strength was tested again this week, when the biggest round of primary voting resulted in wins for 35 of 92 women running for a spot on the ballots in US House and Senate races. This puts the total number of women running for US congress at a record 521. Nearly three-fourths of these women are Democrats, and they are outflanking their Republican counterpa…

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