2020 Summary of Potential Women Candidates
|U.S. Senate||U.S. House||Governor||Lt . Governor||Other Statewide Elected||St. Legislature|
State by state listing of potential candidates here.
Rebound Candidates: To see a list of unsuccessful 2018 candidates who are running again in 2020 click 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 twelve states: AL, AR, CA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MS, NC, OH, TX, WV.
Primaries have been held in zero states (the first primary is 3/3/2020 in AL, CA, NC, TX).
|Total Filed to date||15||10D, 5R|
|Likely candidates not yet filed||47||31D, 16R|
|Total still in the running||62||41D, 21R|
(AK, AR, AL, AZ, CO, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WV, WY). There are four states that will have open seats (bold) and 29 that will likely have women candidates (red).
The 62 candidates are running for a total of 29 seats. The 41 Democratic candidates are running for a total of 20 seats and the 21 Republican candidates are running for a total of 20 seats.
Incumbent Women Running: 8 (2D, 6R) in 8 states:
- Martha McSally (R-AZ)
- Kelly Loeffler (R-GA)
- Joni Ernst (R-IA)
- Susan Collins (R-ME)
- Tina Smith (D-MN)
- Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
- Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
- Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Women Running for Open Seats: 10 (7D, 3R) in 4 states:
- Barbara Bollier (D-KS)
- Usha Reddi (D-KS)
- Sarah Smarsh (D-KS)
- Susan Wagle (R-KS)
- Elisa Martinez (R-NM)
- Marquita Bradshaw (D-TN)
- Diana Onyejiaka (D-TN)
- Yana Ludwig (D-WY)
- Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
- Merav Ben-David (D-WY)
Women Running as Challengers: 44 (32D, 12R) in 21 states:
Of the 44 challengers, 38 (30D, 8R) are running as challengers in the general, and 6 (2D, 4R) are running as challengers in the primary (italics).
- Ruth Page Nelson (R-AL)
- Diana Bray (D-CO)
- Margot Dupre (R-CO)
- Lorena Garcia (D-CO)
- Stephanie Rose Spaulding (D-CO)
- Michelle Ferrigno Warren (D- CO)
- Trish Zornio (D-CO)
- Jess Scarane (D-DE)
- Lauren Witzke (R-DE)
- Sarah Riggs Amico (D-GA)
- Tamara Johnson-Shealey (D-GA)
- Teresa Tomlinson (D-GA)
- Kimberly Graham (D-IA)
- Theresa Greenfield (D-IA)
- Nancy Harris (D-ID)
- Paulette Jordan (D-ID)
- Peggy Hubbard (R-IL)
- Amy McGrath (D-KY)
- Maggie Jo Hilliard (D-KY)
- Mary Ann Tobin (D-KY)
- Sara Gideon (D-ME)
- Betsy Sweet (D-ME)
- Valerie Willis (R-MI)
- Cora Neumann (D-MT)
- Sharon Hudson (R-NC)
- Erica Smith (D-NC)
- Angie Phillips (D-NE)
- Alisha Shelton (D-NE)
- Tricia Flanagan (R-NJ)
- Lisa McCormick (D-NJ)
- Elysabeth Britt (D-OK)
- Abby Broyles (D-OK)
- Jo Rae Perkins (R-OR)
- Peggy Kandies (R-SC)
- Scyller Borglum (R-SD)
- Clara Hart (D-SD)
- Amanda Edwards (D-TX)
- Annie Edwards (D-TX)
- M.J. Hegar (D-TX)
- Sema Hernandez (D-TX)
- Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez (D-TX)
- Alissa Baldwin (R-VA)
- Mary Knapp (R-VA)
- Paula Jean Swearingin (D-WV)
No incumbent women are running for a different office or retiring.
Senate Records to Beat
Filed: 53 (31D, 22R) in 2018
Won primaries: 23 (15D, 8R) in 2018
Number of women serving: 25 (17D, 8R) in 2019.
|Total Filed to date||246||153D, 93R|
|Likely candidates not yet filed||339||210D, 129R|
|Total still in the running||585||363D, 222R|
American Samoa, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
To date, there will be 35 (9D, 26R) open seats in 2020.
The 585 candidates are running in a total of 307 districts in 46 states. The 363 Democratic candidates are running in a total of 255 districts in 46 states and the 222 Republican candidates are running in a total of 148 districts in 38 states.
Incumbent Women Running: 96 (85D, 11R)
Women Running for Open Seats: 130 (73D, 57R) in 39 districts, from 22 states
Women Running as Challengers: 359 (205D, 154R)
Of the 359 challengers, 277 (136D, 141R) are running as challengers in the general, and 82 (69D, 13R) are running as challengers in the primary.
Incumbents Not Returning: 5 (3D, 2R)
- Martha Roby (R-AL) retiring
- Susan Davis (D-CA) retiring
- Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) running for President
- Susan Brooks (R-IN) retiring
- Nita Lowey (D-NY) retiring
House Records to Beat
Filed: 476 (356D, 120R) in 2018
Won primaries: 234 (183D, 51R) in 2018
Number of women serving: 102 (89D, 13R) in 2019
|Total Filed to date||1||1R|
|Likely candidates not yet filed||5||4D, 1R|
|Total still in the running||6||4D, 2R|
There are 11 gubernatorial races in 2020 (DE, IN, MO, MT, NH, NC, ND, UT, VT, WA, WV). There are 2 states that will have open seats (bold) and 6 that have likely women candidates running (red). There will also be a gubernatorial race in Puerto Rico.
Incumbent Women Running: 0
Women Running for Open Seats: 2 (1D, 1R) in 2 states
- Whitney Williams (D-MT)
- Aimee Winder Newton (R-UT)
Women Running as Challengers: 4 (3D, 1R)
Of the 4 challengers, 4 (3D, 1R) are running as challengers in the general, and zero are running as a challenger in the primary (italics).
- Nicole Galloway (D-MO)
- Holly Grange (R-NC)
- Shelley Lenz (D-ND)
- Rebecca Holcombe (D-VT)
Incumbents Not Returning: 0
Gubernatorial Records to Beat
Filed: 61 (41D, 20R) in 2018 (record was made in a regular election year where 36 gubernatorial seats were up for election).
Won primaries: 16 (12D, 4R) in 2018
Number of women serving: 9 in 2004, 2007, and 2019
|Total Filed to date||5||2D, 3R|
|Likely candidates not yet filed||6||4D, 2R|
|Total still in the running||11||6D, 5R|
Incumbent Women Running: 2 (1D, 1R)
Women Running for Open Seats: 6 (3D, 3R)
Women Running as Challengers: 3 (2D, 1R)
The record number of nominees for lieutenant governor is 29, set in 1994.
|Total Filed to date||17||12D, 5R|
|Likely candidates not yet filed||23||15D, 7R, 1NP|
|Total still in the running||40||27D, 12R, 1NP|
Incumbent Women Running: 10 (6D, 3R, 1NP)
Women Running for Open Seats: 10 (7D, 3R)
Women Running as Challengers: 20 (14D, 6R)
State legislature candidate information will be available after the primaries.