Preliminary Results from the 2021 Elections

Last Update: November 16, 2021 2:20pm ET

With many races still too close to call in the 2021 off-year elections, the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, releases preliminary results for women in this year’s election contests. Results on this page will continue to be updated.

Large City Mayoral Races

  • Atlanta, GA: Felicia Moore (D) advanced out of the initial round of voting in the city’s mayoral election. She will run against Andre Dickens. The runoff election will be held on November 30th. Moore identifies as Black.
  • Boston, MA: Michelle Wu (D) became the first woman, the first Asian woman, and first person of color elected as mayor of Boston. Kim Janey, the current acting mayor, was the first woman and person of color to lead the city.
  • Durham, NC: Elaine O’Neal (D) became the first woman of color and first Black woman elected mayor of Durham.

Ohio Special Elections

  • Cuyahoga County Council Member Shontel Brown (D) won the special election in Ohio’s 11th congressional district. Upon her swearing in, the number of women in Congress will reach 144, matching the previous record high. The number of Black women in Congress will reach 25, one short of the previous high.
  • State Representative Allison Russo (D) lost the special election in Ohio’s 15th congressional district.

Florida Special Election

  • Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick won the special Democratic primary for Florida’s 20th congressional district. She is favored to win in the general election in this heavily-Democratic district. Cherfilus-McCormick identifies as Black.

New Jersey

  • Sheila Oliver (D) won reelection as New Jersey's lieutenant governor. This position has been held by a woman since its inception in 2010.
  • 39 (27D, 12R) women have thus far won races for New Jersey Legislature seats. As of now, 3 (1D, 2R) women are competing in races that are still too close to call.
  • In New Jersey General Assembly races, 29 (20D, 9R) women have been elected, and 3 (1D, 2R) women are in races that are too close to call.
  • In New Jersey Senate races, 10 (7D, 3R) women have been elected.
  • At least three Asian or Pacific Islander women, Democrats Ellen Park, Shama Haider, Sadaf Jaffer, and have been elected to the New Jersey General Assembly this year, becoming the first API women elected to the legislature in a state where more than 10% of the population identifies as API. Park and Haider ran in New Jersey’s 37th legislative district while Jaffer ran in the 16th.

Virginia

  • Republican Winsome Sears has become the first woman of color elected statewide in Virginia, as well as the first woman and first woman of color elected to the state’s lieutenant governorship. Sears, a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, identifies as Black.
  • 34 (24D, 10R) women have thus far won races for Virginia House of Delegates seats. As of now, 2 (1D, 1R) women are in races that are too close to call. The Virginia Senate does not have elections this year.

 

Additional Context

  • New Jersey
    • Currently, 37 women serve in the New Jersey Legislature, holding 30.8% of seats, which puts New Jersey in the 25th spot in our state rankings for women’s representation in state legislatures. Women hold 11 seats in the state Senate (27.5% of all seats) and 26 seats in the Assembly (32.5% of all seats). Learn more about women in New Jersey politics currently and historically at CAWP’s New Jersey State Fact Sheet.
    • Record number of women elected to legislature: 36 (set in 2013). Record number of women concurrently serving: 38 (set in 2019).
    • Record number of women elected to Senate: 11 (set in 2011). Record number of women concurrently serving: 12 (set in 2017)
    • Record number of women elected to the General Assembly: 26 (set in 2009). Record number of women concurrently serving: 28 (set in 2009).
    • A record number of women won primary elections in New Jersey Legislature races this year, with 84 (up from the previous record of 77 in 2017). A new record was also set for General Assembly races, with 65 (up from the previous record of 60 in 2019), but the number of women primary victors in state Senate races, 19, falls short of the record of 25, set in 2017.
  • Virginia
    • Currently, 42 women serve in the Virginia General Assembly, holding 30% of all seats, which puts Virginia in the 28th spot in our state rankings for women’s representation in state legislatures. Women hold 11 seats in the Virginia Senate (27.5% of all seats) and 31 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates (31% of all seats). Learn more about women in Virginia politics currently and historically at CAWP’s Virginia State Fact Sheet.
    • Record number of women concurrently serving in the House of Delegates: 31 (set in 2021 and the current number).
    • Record number of women concurrently serving in the Virginia General Assembly (the combined upper and lower chambers of its legislature): 42 (set in 2021 and the current number). With 11 women currently serving in the Virginia Senate, which does not have elections this year, at least 32 women must win House of Delegates races to beat this record.
    • A record number of women won primaries in Virginia House of Delegates races this year, with 72 women emerging from primaries (up from 62, set in 2019). Without Virginia Senate elections this year, the state did not surpass its overall record for women primary winners in 2021. That record, 85, was set in 2019 when elections were held for both chambers.
  • Mayors of Large Cities
    • 31 women currently serve as mayor in cities among the top 100 American cities by population. Of those, 8 are Black women, 3 are Latina, and 3 are Asian or Pacific Islander women. Learn more here.