Potential Candidate Summary - 2018

2018 Summary of Women Candidates

(UPDATED 8/17/18)
 

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


State by state listing of potential congressional and statewide candidates here and state legislative 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 all fifty states2. Primaries have been held in forty-one states (AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, ND, NJ, NM, NV, NY1, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV). 

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1Statewide offices in New York have will hold their primary on 9/13/18.

2The filed candidate list for Secretary of State and Attorney General in Michigan will not be available until after the party nominating conventions in August.

U.S. Senate
 Total Filed to date 54 31D, 23R
  Lost Primary 25 13D, 12R
  Won Primary 19 13D, 6R
Likely candidates not yet filed - - -
  Total still in the running 29 18D, 11R

There are 35 Senate races in 33 states in 2018 (AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, HI, IN, ME, MD, MA, MI, MNMS, 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 19 that will likely have women candidates (color).

Incumbent Women Running: 13 (11D, 2R) in 12 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)
  • Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
  • 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: 6 (3D, 3R) in 3 states:

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

 

 


Women Running as Challengers: 10 (4D, 6R) in 10 states:
Of the 10 challengers, 8 (2D, 6R) are running as challengers in the general, and 2 (2D) are running as challengers in the primary (italics). 

  • Kerri E. Harris (D-DE)
  • Lateresa Jones (R-FL)
  • Beth Lindstrom (R-MA)
  • Karin Housley (R-MN)
  • Jane Raybould (D-NE)
  • Jacklyn Rosen (D-NV)
  • Chele Chiavacci Farley (R-NY)
  • Patricia J. Fontes (D-RI)
  • Susan Hutchison (R-WA)
  • Leah Vukmir (R-WI) 


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

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

U.S. House*
 Total Filed to date 476 356D, 120R
  Lost Primary 198 144D, 54R
  Won Primary** 198 154D, 44R
Likely candidates not yet filed - - -
  Total still in the running 272 207D, 65R
* does not include 4 incumbent women and two challengers who are likely candidates for non-voting delegate from American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Five candidates from California and one from Ohio filed to run for the House but withdrew before the primary.
** Does not include 3 (3D) candidates in Oklahoma who will compete in a runoff on 8/28/18, or 1 (1R) candidate that is in a race that is too close to call. Also does not include Brenda Jones in MI who won a special election that coincided with the regular primary for a partial term (November-January).


To date, there will be 66 (23D, 43R) open seats in 2018, including three incumbents who lost their primary. In addition, three (AZ, OH, PA) states will hold special elections before the 2018 general election.

Incumbent Women Running: 71 (54D, 17R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 63 (44D, 19R) in 41 districts, from 24 states

Women Running as Challengers: 138 (109D, 29R)
Of the 138 challengers, 130 (103D, 27R) are running as challengers in the general, and 8 (6D, 2R) are running as challengers in the primary. 

Incumbents Not Returning: 13 (7D, 6R)*:

  • Martha McSally (R-AZ) running for U.S. Senate
  • Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) running for U.S. Senate
  • Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) retiring
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) retiring
  • Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) ran 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) ran for governor
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) running for U.S. Senate

  *Louise Slaughter (D-NY) passed away on March 16th, 2018. The date for the special election for that seat has not yet been set.
House Records to Beat
   Filed: Previous record 298 (190D, 108R) in 2012, record beaten in 2018.
   Won primaries: Previous record 167 (120D, 47R) in 2016, record beaten in 2018.
   Number of women serving: 84 (2013, ‘14, ’15, ’16, ’17, '18) 
 

Governor
 Total Filed to date 62 41D, 21R
  Lost Primary 39 25D, 14R
  Won Primary* 13 9D, 4R
Likely candidates not yet filed -  - -
  Total still in the running 22 15D, 7R
 
*One candidate from MD withdrew before the primary.
 

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 19 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: 11 (8D, 3R) in 9 states

Women Running as Challengers: 7 (5D, 2R)
Of the 7 challengers, 6 (4D, 2R) are running as challengers in the general, and 1 (1D) is running as a challenger 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: Previous record 34 (18D, 15R, 1ACP) in 1994, record beaten in 2018.
   Won primaries: Previous record 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. Record beaten in 2018.
   Number of women serving: 9 in 2004 and 2007 
 

Lieutenant Governor
 Total Filed to date 63 37D, 26R
  Lost Primary 33 20D, 13R
  Won Primary* 21 14D, 7R
Likely candidates not yet filed - - -
  Total still in the running 29 16D, 13R

                                                                                    *Does not include 1 (1R) candidate who will compete in a runoff in Oklahoma on 8/28/18. 

                                                                                                                                                                  *One candidate from MD withdrew before the primary.

Incumbent Women Running: 5 (1D, 4R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 14 (9D, 5R)

Women Running as Challengers: 10 (6D, 4R)

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

Other Statewide
Elective Executives
 Total Filed to date 119 68D, 49R, 2NP
  Lost Primary 21 10D, 10R, 1NP
  Won Primary* 59 36D, 22R, 1NP
Likely candidates not yet filed 3 2D, 1R
  Total still in the running 101 60D, 40R, 1NP

*Does not include 6 (1D, 5R) candidates from Oklahoma who will compete in a runoff on 8/28/18.

 

Incumbent Women Running: 26 (10D, 16R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 35 (21D, 13R, 1NP)

Women Running as Challengers: 40 (29D, 11R)

 

State Legislature*
Total Candidates in 37 States** 2620 1833D, 767R, 12NP, 3I, 5P
  Incumbents 972 595D, 366R, 3NP, 3I, 5P
  Challengers 966 759D, 201R, 6NP
  Open Seats 682 479D, 200R, 3NP
* Only includes major party primary winners, third party incumbents, and nonpartisan
candidates from Nebraska.
**Does not include 30 (10D, 20R) candidates in Oklahoma who will compete in a runoff election on  8/28. Also does not include 5 (3D, 2R) candidates who are in a race that is too close to call.
 
Candidates are added after their state’s primary.
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States with no legislative races in 2018: 4 (LA, MS, NJ, VA).

 
 State by state listing of state legislative candidates here.
  
Women State Legislative Candidates - historical summary by state (2000-2018)

State Senate
Total Candidates in 37 States* 474 341D, 121R, 12NP
  Incumbents 148 92D, 53R, 3NP
  Challengers 178 147D, 25R, 6NP
  Open Seats 148 102D, 43R, 3NP

*Does not include 5 (2D, 3R) candidates in Oklahoma who will compete in a runoff election on 8/28. 

State House
Total Candidates in 37 States* 2146 1492D, 646R, 3I, 5P
  Incumbents 824 503D, 313R, 3I, 5P
  Challengers 788 612D, 176R
  Open Seats 534 377D, 157R

*Does not include 25 (8D, 17R) candidates in Oklahoma who will compete in a runoff election on 8/28 or 5 (3D, 2R) candidates who are in a race that is too close to call. 


Records to beat:
  Won primaries: 2649 (1727D, 900R, 4I, 12NP, 1 WFP, 5PRG) in 2016.
  Number of women serving: 1871 (1140D, 704R, 14NP, 1WFP, 7I, 5PRG) in 2018.