Potential Candidate Summary - 2018

2018 Summary of Women Candidates

(UPDATED 9/18/18)
 

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


State by state listing of congressional and statewide candidates here and state legislative candidates here.

Below is the most current data on women who have filed and won or lost their primaries. 

Filing deadlines have passed in all fifty states. Primaries have been held in forty-nine states with the exception of Mississippi's special senate election and Louisiana who will hold jungle primaries on election day. 

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U.S. Senate
 Total Filed to date 53 31D, 22R
  Lost Primary 30 16D, 14R
  Won Primary 22 15D, 7R
Likely candidates not yet filed - - -
  Total still in the running 23 15D, 8R

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 16 that will have women candidates (red).

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: 4 (2D, 2R) in 3 states:

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


Women Running as Challengers: 6 (2D, 4R) in 6 states

  • Karin Housley (R-MN)
  • Jane Raybould (D-NE)
  • Jacklyn Rosen (D-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, record beaten in 2018.
   Won primaries: 18 (12D, 6R) in 2012, record beaten in 2018.
   Number of women serving: 23 (17D, 6R) in 2018. 
 

U.S. House*
 Total Filed to date** 476 356D, 120R
  Lost Primary 231 164D, 67R
  Won Primary*** 235 183D, 52R
Likely candidates not yet filed - - -
  Total still in the running 239 187D, 52R
* 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.
*** Includes Aja Brown in CA who unofficially withdrew before the primary but won the nomination and will appear on the general election ballot. 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 67 (24D, 43R) open seats in 2018, including four incumbents who lost their primary. 

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

Women Running for Open Seats: 47 (34D, 13R) in 40 districts, from 22 states

Women Running as Challengers: 121 (99D, 22R)

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 61 41D, 20R
  Lost Primary 44 28D, 16R
  Won Primary* 16 12D, 4R
Likely candidates not yet filed -  - -
  Total still in the running 16 12D, 4R
 
*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 16 that have women candidates running (red). 

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: 8 (7D, 1R) in 8 states

Women Running as Challengers: 4 (3D, 1R)

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 64 37D, 27R
  Lost Primary 37 20D, 17R
  Won Primary* 26 16D, 10R
Likely candidates not yet filed - - -
  Total still in the running 26 16D, 10R

  *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: 7 (6D, 1R)

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

Other Statewide
Elective Executives
 Total Filed to date 122 69D, 51R, 2NP
  Lost Primary 32 14D, 17R, 1NP
  Won Primary 86 53D, 32R, 1NP
Likely candidates not yet filed - - -
  Total still in the running 90 55D, 34R, 1NP

 

 

Incumbent Women Running: 24 (10D, 14R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 28 (16D, 11R, 1NP)

Women Running as Challengers: 38 (29D, 9R)

 

State Legislature*
Total Candidates in 46 States** 3386 2380D, 985R, 12NP, 3I, 5P, 1WFP
  Incumbents 1277 810D, 455R, 3NP, 3I, 5P, 1WFP
  Challengers 1173 903D, 264R, 6NP
  Open Seats 936 667D, 266R, 3NP
* Only includes major party primary winners, third party incumbents, and nonpartisan
candidates from Nebraska.
**Does not include 2 (1D, 1R) 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 46 States* 627 447D, 168R, 12NP
  Incumbents 206 129D, 74R, 3NP
  Challengers 230 186D, 38R, 6NP
  Open Seats 191 132D, 56R, 3NP

*Does not include 1 (1R) candidate who is in a race that is too close to call.

State House
Total Candidates in 46 States* 2759 1933D, 817R, 3I, 5P, 1WFP
  Incumbents 1071 681D, 381R, 3I, 5P, 1WFP
  Challengers 943 717D, 226R
  Open Seats 745 535D, 210R

*Does not include 1 (1D) 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, record beaten in 2018.
  Number of women serving: 1879 (1144D, 708R, 14NP, 1WFP, 7I, 5PRG) in 2018.