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GOP Women Candidates Double Their Numbers in 2018

“The number of female candidates on the Republican side doubling is not an accident,” one GOP strategist said.

By NTK Staff | 06.04.2018 @2:00pm
GOP Women Candidates Double Their Numbers in 2018

Republicans have doubled the number of female candidates recruited to run in congressional seats this year, according to a new report from The Hill.

Much of the credit goes to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the House’s youngest member at 33. Stefanik was “tapped to lead recruitment efforts for the House GOP’s campaign arm, becoming the first woman to ever hold the position.” She came up big:

There are 103 Republican women running for House seats this election — up from 48 in the previous election cycle, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

According to GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak, those results are “not an accident,” but rather “a result of a disciplined effort to recruit strong female candidates, both from the party directly, but also from outside groups that believe female candidates give them a better chance to hold, and perhaps expand, their majority.”

Groups like Maggie’s List and RightNOW Women PAC, both organizations less than a decade old, have helped boost Republican women candidates.

Maggie’s List has now endorsed 49 House, Senate and state-wide candidates this election cycle — a record-high for the organization. That includes Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.), who recently won a closely-watched special election in Arizona; State Del. Carol Miller, who emerged from a crowded primary field to clinch the GOP nomination for West Virginia’s 3rd district; and GOP businesswoman Lena Epstein, who co-chaired Trump’s campaign in Michigan.

But Maggie’s List executive director stressed to The Hill that it’s not a numbers game – the quality of candidates is more important than the quantity.

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