Potential Candidate Summary - 2018

2018 Summary of Women Candidates

(UPDATED 4/16/18)
 

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 thirty-three states (AL, AR, CA, CO**, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MD, ME, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY***,OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA*, WV). Primaries have been held in two states (IL, TX). 

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*The 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.

**The candidate list for the U.S. House in Colorado will not be finalized until party assemblies are held by April 27th.

***Districts 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.

U.S. Senate
 Total Filed to date 32 19D, 13R
  Lost Primary 3 1D, 2R
  Won Primary 0  
Likely candidates not yet filed 25 14D, 11R
  Total still in the running 54 32D, 22R

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 23 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: 32 (17D, 15R) in 18 states:
Of the 32 challengers, 16 (3D, 13R) are running as challengers in the general, and 16 (14D, 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)
  • Tamika Lyles (D-FL)
  • Marcia Thorne (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)
  • Valerie Lee Willis (R-MI)
  • 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)
  • Melissa Ackison (R-OH)
  • Jennifer Ferguson (D-WA)
  • Leah Vukmir (R-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 331 248D, 83R
  Lost Primary 32 23D, 9R
  Won Primary** 20 18D, 2R
Likely candidates not yet filed 141 107D, 34R
  Total still in the running 440 332D, 108R
* 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 15 (13D, 2R) candidates in Texas who will compete in a runoff election on 5/22.


To date, there will be 55 (18D, 37R) open seats in 2018. In addition, three (AZ, OH, PA) states will hold special elections before the 2018 general election.

Incumbent Women Running: 70 (54D, 16R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 123 (82D, 41R) in 52 districts, from 30 states

Women Running as Challengers: 247 (196D, 51R)
Of the 247 challengers, 215 (178D, 37R) are running as challengers in the general, and 32 (18D, 14R) 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) 
 

Governor
 Total Filed to date 45 26D, 19R
  Lost Primary 2 2R
  Won Primary* 0  
Likely candidates not yet filed 33 23D, 10R
  Total still in the running 76 49D, 27R
*Does not include 1 (1D) candidate in Texas who will compete in a runoff election on 5/22.
 

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: 45 (26D, 19R) in 17 states

Women Running as Challengers: 27 (21D, 6R)
Of the 27 challengers, 20 (17D, 3R) are running as challengers in the general, and 7 (4D, 3R) 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 34 24D, 10R
  Lost Primary 2 2D
  Won Primary 2 1D, 1R
Likely candidates not yet filed 10 4D, 6R
  Total still in the running 42 26D, 16R

Incumbent Women Running: 4 (1D, 3R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 23 (15D, 8R)

Women Running as Challengers: 15 (10D, 5R)

The previous record number of nominees for lieutenant governor was 29, set in 1994. The current record was broken in 2018.

Other Statewide
Elective Executives
 Total Filed to date 62 33D, 27R, 2NP
  Lost Primary 2 2D
  Won Primary 6 3D, 3R
Likely candidates not yet filed 34 19D, 15R
  Total still in the running 94 50D, 42R, 2NP

 

Incumbent Women Running: 26 (11D, 15R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 37 (18D, 17R, 2NP)

Women Running as Challengers: 31 (21D, 10R)

 

State Legislature*
Total Candidates in 2 States** 170 128D, 42R
  Incumbents 71 51D, 20R
  Challengers 68 57D, 11R
  Open Seats 31 20D, 11R
* Only includes major party primary winners, third party incumbents, and nonpartisan
candidates from Nebraska.
**Does not include 11 (9D, 2R) candidates in Texas who will compete in a runoff election on 5/22
 
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.

State Senate
Total Candidates in 2 States* 27 18D, 9R
  Incumbents 11 5D, 6R
  Challengers 10 10D
  Open Seats 6 3D, 3R

*Does not include 2 (2D) candidates in Texas who will compete in a runoff election on 5/22

State House
Total Candidates in 2 States* 143 110D, 33R
  Incumbents 60 46D, 14R
  Challengers 58 47D, 11R
  Open Seats 25 17D, 8R

*Does not include 9 (7D, 2R) candidates in Texas who will compete in a runoff election on 5/22


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.