Results from the Nebraska and West Virginia Primaries

Few Opportunities to Expand Women's Representation

50th Years of CAWP

Primary elections were held yesterday in Nebraska and West Virginia, and the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, is tracking results for women candidates in yesterday's contests. Full results are available on the Election Analysis page on the CAWP website; complete results for women candidates have been reported from Nebraska and West Virginia, but this results page will update with any unforeseen changes. Complete context about women in the 2022 elections, including candidate lists, summaries, and historical comparisons, are available via CAWP's Election Watch.

Among the most notable results for women:

  • State Senator Carol Blood (D) won the Democratic nomination for governor of Nebraska. The first and only woman governor of Nebraska – Kay Orr (R) – served from 1987 to 1991. This open-seat contest is currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
  • Patty Pansing Brooks (D) is the Democratic nominee in NE-01, where she will face Republican nominee Mike Flood (R) in a general election contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report. Because Fortenberry resigned from the U.S. House on March 31, 2022, there will also be a special election between Brooks (D) and Flood (R) to fill the remainder of Fortenberry’s term on June 28, 2022.
  • Incumbent Representative Carol Miller (R) won the Republican nomination in WV-01 (moving from her current WV-03 due to reapportionment and redistricting) and is strongly favored to win re-election in November. 

For more information, see the full analysis of how women fared in yesterday's contests on our Election Analysis page. Complete context about women in the 2022 elections can be found on CAWP's Election Watch.


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