Potential Candidate Summary - 2018

2018 Summary of Women Candidates

(UPDATED 2/12/18)
 

U.S. Senate U.S. House Governor Lt . Governor Other Statewide Elected St. Legislature


State by state listing of potential candidates here.

Below is the most current data on women who have filed or are likely candidates. Likely candidate information comes from at least two of the following sources: KnowWho Data Services; Campaigns and Elections; House Race Hotline; CQ Politics Daily; Politics1.com; The Hill; Roll Call; and local newspapers in many states. The total number of candidates at each level is the sum of total filed to date plus likely candidates.

Filing deadlines have passed in seven states (AL, IL, IN, KY, OH, TX, WV). Primaries have been held in 0 states. 

U.S. Senate
 Total Filed to date 5 2D, 3R
  Lost Primary 0  
  Won Primary 0  
Likely candidates not yet filed 45 27D, 18R
  Total still in the running 50 29D, 21R

There are 34 Senate races in 33 states in 2018 (AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, HI, IN, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY). There are three states that will have open seats with incumbents not running (bold) and 24 that will likely have women candidates (color).

Incumbent Women Running: 12 (11D, 1R) in 11 states:

  • Diane Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
  • Elizabeth Warren (D-MA
  • Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
     
  • Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Tina Smith (D-MN)
  • Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
  • Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
     
  • Deb Fischer (R-NE)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Women Running for Open Seats: 7 (3D, 4R) in 3 states:

  • Kelli Ward (R-AZ)
  • Deedra Abboud (D-AZ)
  • Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
  • Michelle M. Griffin (R-AZ)
     
  • Martha McSally (R-AZ)
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
  • Jenny Wilson (D-UT)

Women Running as Challengers: 31 (15D, 16R) in 18 states:
Of the 31 challengers, 17 (3D, 14R) are running as challengers in the general, and 14 (12D, 2R) are running as challengers in the primary (italics). 

  • Caren Lancona (R-CA)
  • Alison Hartson (D-CA)
  • Erin Cruz (R-CA)
  • Jazmina Saavedra (R-CA)
  • Anne-Marie Adams (D-CT)
  • Lateresa Jones (R-FL)
  • Tamika Lyles (D-FL)
  • Marcia Thorne (R-FL)
  • Heidi Wellman (R-MA)
  • Beth Lindstrom (R-MA)
  • Debbie Wilson (D-MD)
  • Chelsea Manning (D-MD)
  • Karin Housley (R-MN)
  • Marsha Haefner (R-MO)
  • Kristi Nichols (R-MO)
  • Angelica Earl (D-MO)
  • Sarah Dean (D-MT)
  • Kathy Neset (R-ND)
  • Jane Raybould (D-NE)
  • Lisa McCormack (D-NJ)
  • Jacklyn Rosen (D-NV)
     
  • Melissa Ackison (R-OH)
  • Cynthia Ayers (R-PA)
  • Theresa Wright (D-PA)
  • Sema Hernandez (D-TX)
  • Geraldine Sam (R-TX)
  • Mary Miller (R-TX)
  • Jennifer Ferguson (D-WA)
  • Leah Vukmir (R-WI)
  • Mary Jo Walters (D-WI)
  • Paula Swearingen (D-WV) 


No incumbent women are running for higher office or retiring.
Senate Records to Beat

   Filed: 40 (28D, 12R) in 2016
   Won primaries: 18 (12D, 6R) in 2012
   Number of women serving: 22 (17D, 5R) in 2018. 
 

U.S. House*
 Total Filed to date 113 89D, 24R
  Lost Primary 0  
  Won Primary 0  
Likely candidates not yet filed 318 250D, 68R
  Total still in the running 431 339D, 92R
* does not include 4 incumbent women and one challenger who are likely candidates for non-voting delegate from American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


To date, there will 50 (17D, 33R) open seats in 2018. In addition, three (AZ, OH, PA) states will hold special elections before the 2018 general election.

Incumbent Women Running: 72 (56D, 16R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 113 (74D, 39R) in 46 districts, from 26 states

Women Running as Challengers: 246 (209D, 37R)
Of the 246 challengers, 214 (191D, 23R) are running as challengers in the general, and 32 (18D, 14R) are running as challengers in the primary. 

Incumbents Not Returning: 12 (6D, 6R):

  • Martha McSally (R-AZ) running for U.S. Senate
  • Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) running for U.S. Senate
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) retiring
  • Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) running for governor
  • Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) retiring
  • Niki Tsongas (D-MA) retiring
     
  • Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) retiring
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) running for governor
  • Jacky Rosen (D-NV) running for U.S. Senate
  • Kristi Noem (R-SD) running for governor
  • Diane Black (R-TN) running for governor
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) running for U.S. Senate

House Records to Beat
   Filed: 298 (190D, 108R) in 2012
   Won primaries: 167 (120D, 109R) in 2016
   Number of women serving: 84 (2013, ‘14, ’15, ’16, ’17, ‘18; currently 62D, 22R) 
 

Governor
 Total Filed to date 7 3D, 4R
  Lost Primary 0  
  Won Primary 0  
Likely candidates not yet filed 75 48D, 27R
  Total still in the running 82 51D, 31R

There are 36 gubernatorial races in 2018 (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, WI, WY). There are 17 states that will have open seats with incumbents not running (bold) and 34 that have likely women candidates running (color). 

Incumbent Women Running: 4 (2D, 2R):

  • Kay Ivey (R-AL)
  • Kim Reynolds (R-IA)
  • Kate Brown (D-OR)
  • Gina Raimondo (D-RI)

Women Running for Open Seats: 51 (30D, 21R) in  18 states

Women Running as Challengers: 27 (19D, 8R)
Of the 27 challengers, 17 (14D, 3R) are running as challengers in the general, and 10 (5D, 5R) are running as challengers in the primary. 

Incumbents Not Returning: 2 (2R):

  • Susana Martinez (R-NM) term-limited
  • Mary Fallin (R-OK) term-limited

Governor Records to Beat
   Filed: 34 (18D, 15R, 1ACP) in 1994
   Won primaries: 10 (6D, 3R, IInd.) in 1994. The record was tied in 2002, 2006 and 2010, with 10 (9D, 1R), 10 (5D, 5R) and 10 (5D, 5R)
     women winning their primaries. 
   Number of women serving: 9 in 2004 and 2007 
 

Lieutenant Governor
 Total Filed to date 9 7D, 2R
  Lost Primary 0  
  Won Primary 0  
Likely candidates not yet filed 17 8D, 9R
  Total still in the running 26 15D, 11R

Incumbent Women Running: 4 (1D, 3R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 14 (8D, 6R)

Women Running as Challengers: 8 (6D, 2R)

The record number of nominees for lieutenant governor is 29, set in 1994. 

Other Statewide
Elective Executives
 Total Filed to date 18 12D, 6R
  Lost Primary 0  
  Won Primary 0  
Likely candidates not yet filed 59 25D, 34R
  Total still in the running 77 37D, 40R

Incumbent Women Running: 31 (12D, 19R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 28 (14D, 14R)

Women Running as Challengers: 18 (11D, 7R)

 

State Legislatures
State Legislature candidate information will be available after the primaries.