Democrats are turning to women in their bid to keep control of the U.S. Senate, according to a report by National Journal.
The story names U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, as one of the women candidates who could help determine the balance of power in the chamber next year. Hirono is up against former congressman Ed Case in the primary to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii. Former Gov. Linda Lingle is the leading Republican candidate.
From the National Journal:
If you want a sign of the gender gap in American politics, look no further than both parties’ Senate recruitment efforts.
Democrats have accomplished the rare feat of convincing more women than men to run in leading Senate races next year. Include the six women up for reelection, and it’s the largest crop running for the Senate—ever.
Of the eight open or Republican-held seats Democrats are aggressively contesting, there’s a good chance that a woman will end up as the standard-bearer in at least half. Democrats’ path to holding the Senate winds through Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, Rep. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, Rep. Shelley Berkley in Nevada, and, potentially, Rep. Mazie Hirono in Hawaii. Party officials also are hoping former state Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp can pull off an upset in Republican-friendly North Dakota.
Republicans have landed prominent women candidates too, with former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and former New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson best positioned for victory next year. But their A-list roster isn’t nearly as deep as the Democrats’.