Potential Candidate Summary - 2018
2018 Summary of Women Candidates
|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).
*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.
|Total Filed to date||32||19D, 13R|
|Lost Primary||3||1D, 2R|
|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, 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 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)
|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 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)
|Total Filed to date||45||26D, 19R|
|Likely candidates not yet filed||33||23D, 10R|
|Total still in the running||76||49D, 27R|
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
|Total Filed to date||34||24D, 10R|
|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)
|Total Filed to date||62||33D, 27R, 2NP|
|Won Primary||6||3D, 3R|
|Likely candidates not yet filed||34||19D, 15R|
|Total still in the running||94||50D, 42R, 2NP|
Women Running as Challengers: 31 (21D, 10R)
|Total Candidates in 2 States**||170||128D, 42R|
|Open Seats||31||20D, 11R|
candidates from Nebraska.
|Total Candidates in 2 States*||27||18D, 9R|
|Open Seats||6||3D, 3R|
*Does not include 2 (2D) candidates in Texas who will compete in a runoff election on 5/22
|Total Candidates in 2 States*||143||110D, 33R|
|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.