Nearly two years after Sarah Palin became the Republican Party’s first female nominee for vice president, record numbers of Republican women are running for House seats, driving the overall count of women running for both the House and the Senate to a new high.
The surge in female candidates has taken place largely under the radar. The previous high came in 1992, the “Year of the Woman” that pushed the percentage of women in Congress into the double digits for the first time. That year, 222 women filed to run for the House and 29 for Senate contests.
So far this year, 239 women are candidates for the House and 31 for the Senate, according to data from the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics.
They just sort of… neglected to mention… that while the total ratio in the House favors the Democrats (132 to 107), the recruitment ratio favors the GOP. I reached out to the NRCC and they let me know that of those 107, 90 represented first-time recruits (5 have since lost their primaries), 16 incumbents, and one Member (Mary Fallin) running for Governor; as the article notes, the Democrats’ 132 women running includes 55 incumbents. That works out to, currently, 85 Republican challengers to (at best) 77 Democratic ones. As for how well those candidates are being supported… well, it’s hard to compare apples to apples there, seeing as the Democrats have effectively conceded their offense in 2010 down to 13 seats.
Which is the other lede that the WaPo buried.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.