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What You Need to Know About the Record Numbers of Women Candidates in 2020

Updated: Sep 4



Center for American Women and Politics

August 10, 2020

by Kelly Dittmar


With filing deadlines passed in all 50 states, the Center for American Women and Politics can confirm that more women are running for U.S. House and U.S. Senate in 2020 than ever. Putting these aggregate numbers into context offers additional insights into women’s candidacies over time, across parties, as well as clarifying racial and ethnic diversity in the candidate pool.


Here are some key take-aways from this year’s totals.


A record number of women are running for the U.S. House and Senate this year.

The 2018 election broke nearly all records in women’s major-party candidacies for the U.S. House and Senate. That year, 476 women ran for the U.S. House, up from the previous high of 299 (+59.2%). In 2020, 583 women are candidates for the U.S. House, a 22.5% increase from the record set two years ago.


Read more at the Center for American Women and Politics.

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