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Rutgers: Number of women running for governor surges


A new report from Rutgers University shows a record number of women are considering a bid for governor in 2018.

Information collected by the Center for American Women in Politics shows 79 women — 49 Democrats, including two incumbents, and 30 Republicans — plan to run for governor or are seriously considering filing, The Washington Post reported.

The numbers are more than double what they were four years ago and are on track to surpass the record 34 women who ran for governor in 1994. In Ohio, there are three women running for governor in the Democratic primary and one in the Republican.  

Female candidates are stepping up at every level. Of the 15 seats that Democrats picked up in the Virginia House of Delegates, 11 were won by women. There is a possibility in Michigan that Democrats may offer female nominees for every statewide elected office.

In May 2017, Kim Reynolds became Iowa’s first female governor, stepping in for Terry Branstad who resigned to become the U.S. ambassador to China. Reynolds had served as the state’s lieutenant governor since 2011 

In 2018, 36 governors races will be contested. There have never been more than nine women serving as governor at the same time, ABC News reported.

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