GOP has record 195 female candidates running for House
UPDATED 6:05 PM PT — Friday, May 15, 2020
The GOP has seen a surge in female candidates running for House this election season. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, a record-breaking 195 Republican women are currently seeking seats in the House.
The previous record for GOP women in the race was 133 candidates back in 2010. This increase is a major improvement for those advocating for female representation on Capitol Hill.
Strategists have suggested the high number of conservative female candidates in this election cycle can likely be attributed to a recent change in party attitude and early support for these candidates. Political action committees have reportedly been key to promoting these candidates as early as the primaries.
GOP groups, such as Winning for Women, Maggie’s List and Rep. Elise Stefanik’s (R-N.Y.) EPAC, gave early aid to female candidates by guiding them through fundraising and how to run a successful campaign.
Republican Amanda Makki, candidate for Florida’s 13th congressional district, claimed Stefanik gave her critical support and has helped put several young women on the map.
Multiple GOP lawmakers have rallied for the promotion of women on Capitol Hill, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. While Republicans are optimistic about the rise in female representation, they are still set for a battle for the House. The GOP must win a net of 17 seats in order to gain the majority.