Potential Candidate Summary - 2018

2018 Summary of Women Candidates

(UPDATED 5/23/18)
 

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 thirty-six states (AL, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI3, ME, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY2,OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD4, TN, TX, UT, VA1, WA, WV). Primaries have been held in thirteen states (AR, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, NC, NE, OH, OR, PA, TX, WV). 

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1The filing deadline in Virginia has passed but filed candidate data for Democrats in district 5 and Republicans in district 6 will not be available until after their party conventions on 5/5/18 and 5/19/18 respectively.

2Districts in NY that are located in a single county file with the county and not the state. Districts in Suffolk County, Nassau County and New York City are not yet available. Statewide offices have a filing deadline of 7/12/18.

3The filed candidate list for Secretary of State and Attorney General in Michigan will not be available until after the party nominating conventions in August.

4The filed candidate list for Secretary of State and Attorney General in South Dakota will not be available until after the party nominating conventions in June.

U.S. Senate
 Total Filed to date 36 21D, 15R
  Lost Primary 5 2D, 3R
  Won Primary 2 1D, 1R
Likely candidates not yet filed 18 10D, 8R
  Total still in the running 49 29D, 20R

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 21 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: 9 (4D, 5R) in 3 states:

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

 

 


Women Running as Challengers: 27 (14D, 13R) in 15 states:
Of the 27 challengers, 14 (3D, 11R) are running as challengers in the general, and 13 (11D, 2R) are running as challengers in the primary (italics). 

  • Erin Cruz (R-CA)
  • Adrienne Edwards (D-CA)
  • Alison Hartson (D-CA)
  • Anne-Marie Adams (D-CT)
  • Kerri E. Harris (D-DE)
  • Lateresa Jones (R-FL)
  • Beth Lindstrom (R-MA)
  • Heidi Wellman (R-MA)
  • Christina J. Grigorian (R-MD)
  • Chelsea Manning (D-MD)
  • Marcia H. Morgan (D-MD)
  • Debbie Wilson (D-MD)
  • Lih Young (D-MD)
  • Karin Housley (R-MN)
  • Angelica Earl (D-MO)
  • Kristi Nichols (R-MO)
  • Christina Smith (R-MO)
  • Carla Wright (D-MO)
  • Omeria Scott (D-MS)
  • Jane Raybould (D-NE)
  • Lisa McCormack (D-NJ)
  • Jacklyn Rosen (D-NV)
  • Sherry Brooks (R-NV)
  • Sarah Gazala (R-NV)
  • Chele Chiavacci Farley (R-NY)
  • 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
   Won primaries: 18 (12D, 6R) in 2012
   Number of women serving: 22 (17D, 5R) in 2018. 
 

U.S. House*
 Total Filed to date 399 299D, 100R
  Lost Primary 83 62D, 21R
  Won Primary** 72 62D, 10R
Likely candidates not yet filed 75 53D, 22R
  Total still in the running 391 290D, 101R
* 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.
** Does not include 2 (2D) candidates in Georgia who will compete in a runoff on 7/24/18. 


To date, there will be 61 (20D, 41R) open seats in 2018, including one incumbent 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: 110 (71D, 39R) in 48 districts, from 29 states

Women Running as Challengers: 210 (165D, 45R)
Of the 210 challengers, 183 (150D, 33R) are running as challengers in the general, and 27 (15D, 12R) 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) 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

  *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: 167 (120D, 47R) in 2016
   Number of women serving: 84 (2013, ‘14, ’15, ’16, ’17, '18) 
 

Governor
 Total Filed to date 47 28D, 19R
  Lost Primary 11 4D, 7R
  Won Primary 4 4D
Likely candidates not yet filed 27 19D, 8R
  Total still in the running 63 43D, 20R

 

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 30 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: 37 (23D, 15R) in 16 states

Women Running as Challengers: 22 (19D, 3R)
Of the 22 challengers, 18 (16D, 2R) are running as challengers in the general, and 4 (3D, 1R) 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: Previous record 34 (18D, 15R, 1ACP) in 1994, record beaten in 2018.
   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 33 23D, 10R
  Lost Primary 12 8D, 4R
  Won Primary 6 4D, 2R
Likely candidates not yet filed 12 5D, 7R
  Total still in the running 33 20D, 13R

                                                                                                               

Incumbent Women Running: 4 (1D, 3R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 20 (12D, 8R)

Women Running as Challengers: 9 (7D, 2R)

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

Other Statewide
Elective Executives
 Total Filed to date 66 34D, 30R, 2NP
  Lost Primary 8 4D, 4R
  Won Primary 20 11D, 8R, 1NP
Likely candidates not yet filed 36 24D, 12R
  Total still in the running 94 54D, 38R, 2NP
 

Incumbent Women Running: 27 (11D, 16R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 32 (18D, 12R, 2NP)

Women Running as Challengers: 35 (25D, 10R)

 

State Legislature*
Total Candidates in 13 States** 892 624D, 256R, 12NP
  Incumbents 352 206D, 143R, 3NP
  Challengers 361 295D, 60R, 6NP
  Open Seats 179 123D, 53R, 3NP
* Only includes major party primary winners, third party incumbents, and nonpartisan
candidates from Nebraska.
**Does not include 8 (2D, 6R) candidates in Georgia who will compete in a runoff election on 7/24 or 18 (10D, 8R) candidates whose races are still 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 13 States* 178 120D, 46R, 12NP
  Incumbents 66 35D, 28R, 3NP
  Challengers 75 63D, 6R, 6NP
  Open Seats 37 22D, 12R, 3NP

*Does not include 2 (2D) candidates whose races are still too close to call.

State House
Total Candidates in 13 States* 714 504D, 210R
  Incumbents 286 171D, 115R
  Challengers 286 232D, 54R
  Open Seats 142 101D, 41R

*Does not include 8 (2D, 6R) candidates in Georgia who will compete in a runoff election on 7/24 or 16 (8D, 8R) candidates whose races are still 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.