A Record Number of Women Running for the House, Again (Podcast)

Kelly Dittmar, a scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, joined the latest episode of Downballot Counts to discuss their new report, which found a record number of women have filed to run for the House.

It’s the second election cycle in a row the record’s been broken. In 2018, it came as Democrats soared to the majority. Dittmar said there’s also been a big surge this year in Republican women, thanks in part to the party now being in the minority, which provides more avenues to run, as well as efforts by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and others aligned with the GOP to recruit more women.

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Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), elected in 2018, and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who has led a women recruitment effort, at a summit in October.

To contact the hosts: Greg Giroux in Washington at ggiroux@bgov.com; Kyle Trygstad in Washington at ktrygstad@bgov.com