Potential Candidate Summary - 2018

2018 Summary of Women Candidates

(UPDATED 6/14/18)
 

U.S. Senate U.S. House Governor Lt . Governor Other Statewide Elected St. Legislature


State by state listing of potential congressional and statewide candidates here and state legislative candidates here.

Below is the most current data on women who have filed or are likely candidates. Likely candidate information comes from at least two of the following sources: KnowWho Data Services; Campaigns and Elections; House Race Hotline; CQ Politics Daily; Politics1.com; The Hill; Roll Call; and local newspapers in many states. The total number of candidates at each level is the sum of total filed to date plus likely candidates.

Filing deadlines have passed in forty-six states (AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT4, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI2, ME, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY1,OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD3, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY). Primaries have been held in twenty-six states (AL, AR, CA, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, ME, MS, MT, NC, NE, ND, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OR, PA, SC, SD, TX, VA, WV). 

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1Districts in NY that are located in a single county file with the county and not the state. Districts in Suffolk County, Nassau County and New York City are not yet available. Statewide offices have a filing deadline of 7/12/18.

2The filed candidate list for Secretary of State and Attorney General in Michigan will not be available until after the party nominating conventions in August.

3The filed candidate list for Secretary of State and Attorney General in South Dakota will not be available until after the party nominating conventions in June.

U.S. Senate
 Total Filed to date 51 29D, 22R
  Lost Primary 13 6D, 7R
  Won Primary* 6 5D, 1R
Likely candidates not yet filed 2 2D
  Total still in the running 40 25D, 15R

 

There are 35 Senate races in 33 states in 2018 (AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, HI, IN, ME, MD, MA, MI, MNMS, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY). There are three states that will have open seats with incumbents not running (bold) and 21 that will likely have women candidates (color).

Incumbent Women Running: 13 (11D, 2R) in 12 states:

  • Diane Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
  • Elizabeth Warren (D-MA
  • Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Tina Smith (D-MN)
  • Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
  • Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
  • Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
  • Deb Fischer (R-NE)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

 

Women Running for Open Seats: 6 (3D, 3R) in 3 states:

  • Kelli Ward (R-AZ)
  • Deedra Abboud (D-AZ)
  • Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
  • Martha McSally (R-AZ)
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
  • Jenny Wilson (D-UT)

 

 


Women Running as Challengers: 21 (11D, 10R) in 13 states:
Of the 21 challengers, 12 (2D, 10R) are running as challengers in the general, and 9 (9D) are running as challengers in the primary (italics). 

  • Anne-Marie Adams (D-CT)
  • Kerri E. Harris (D-DE)
  • Lateresa Jones (R-FL)
  • Beth Lindstrom (R-MA)
  • Christina J. Grigorian (R-MD)
  • Chelsea Manning (D-MD)
  • Marcia H. Morgan (D-MD)
  • Lih Young (D-MD)
  • Debbie Wilson (D-MD)
  • Rae Hart Anderson (R-MN)
  • Karin Housley (R-MN)
  • Angelica Earl (D-MO)
  • Kristi Nichols (R-MO)
  • Christina Smith (R-MO)
  • Carla Wright (D-MO)
  • Jane Raybould (D-NE)
  • Jacklyn Rosen (D-NV)
  • Chele Chiavacci Farley (R-NY)
  • Folasade Adeluola (D-VT)
  • Susan Hutchison (R-WA)
  • Leah Vukmir (R-WI) 


No incumbent women are running for higher office or retiring.
Senate Records to Beat

   Filed: 40 (28D, 12R) in 2016, record beaten in 2018.
   Won primaries: 18 (12D, 6R) in 2012.
   Number of women serving: 22 (17D, 5R) in 2018. 
 

U.S. House*
 Total Filed to date 456 340D, 116R
  Lost Primary 125 90D, 35R
  Won Primary** 128 103D, 25R
Likely candidates not yet filed 25 19D, 6R
  Total still in the running 350 264D, 86R
* does not include 4 incumbent women and one challenger who are likely candidates for non-voting delegate from American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Five candidates from California and one from Ohio filed to run for the House but withdrew before the primary.
** Does not include 2 (2D) candidates in Georgia who will compete in a runoff on 7/24/18, 1 (1R) candidate in Alabama who will compete in a runoff on 7/17/18, 2 (2D) candidates who will compete in a runoff on 6/26/18, or 17 (11D, 6R) candidates who are in races that are too close to call. 


To date, there will be 64 (21D, 43R) open seats in 2018, including two incumbents who lost their primary. In addition, three (AZ, OH, PA) states will hold special elections before the 2018 general election.

Incumbent Women Running: 71 (54D, 17R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 93 (64D, 29R) in 46 districts, from 26 states

Women Running as Challengers: 186 (146D, 40R)
Of the 186 challengers, 164 (132D, 32R) are running as challengers in the general, and 22 (14D, 8R) are running as challengers in the primary. 

Incumbents Not Returning: 13 (7D, 6R)*:

  • Martha McSally (R-AZ) running for U.S. Senate
  • Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) running for U.S. Senate
  • Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) retiring
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) retiring
  • Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) running for governor
  • Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) retiring
  • Niki Tsongas (D-MA) retiring
  • Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) retiring
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) running for governor
  • Jacky Rosen (D-NV) running for U.S. Senate
  • Kristi Noem (R-SD) running for governor
  • Diane Black (R-TN) running for governor
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) running for U.S. Senate

  *Louise Slaughter (D-NY) passed away on March 16th, 2018. The date for the special election for that seat has not yet been set.
House Records to Beat
   Filed: Previous record 298 (190D, 108R) in 2012, record beaten in 2018.
   Won primaries: 167 (120D, 47R) in 2016
   Number of women serving: 84 (2013, ‘14, ’15, ’16, ’17, '18) 
 

Governor
 Total Filed to date 60 39D, 21R
  Lost Primary 22 11D, 11R
  Won Primary* 8 5D, 3R
Likely candidates not yet filed 9 6D, 3R
  Total still in the running 47 34D, 13R
 
*Does not include 4 (4D) candidates who are in races that are too close to call.
 

There are 36 gubernatorial races in 2018 (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, WI, WY). There are 17 states that will have open seats with incumbents not running (bold) and 26 that have likely women candidates running (color). 

Incumbent Women Running: 4 (2D, 2R):

  • Kay Ivey (R-AL)
  • Kim Reynolds (R-IA)
  • Kate Brown (D-OR)
  • Gina Raimondo (D-RI)

Women Running for Open Seats: 28 (20D, 11R) in 14 states

Women Running as Challengers: 15 (13D, 2R)
Of the 15 challengers, 12 (10D, 2R) are running as challengers in the general, and 3 (3D) are running as challengers in the primary. 

Incumbents Not Returning: 2 (2R):

  • Susana Martinez (R-NM) term-limited
  • Mary Fallin (R-OK) term-limited

Governor Records to Beat
   Filed: Previous record 34 (18D, 15R, 1ACP) in 1994, record beaten in 2018.
   Won primaries: 10 (6D, 3R, IInd.) in 1994. The record was tied in 2002, 2006 and 2010, with 10 (9D, 1R), 10 (5D, 5R) and 10 (5D, 5R)
     women winning their primaries. 
   Number of women serving: 9 in 2004 and 2007 
 

Lieutenant Governor
 Total Filed to date 51 29D, 22R
  Lost Primary 13 9D, 4R
  Won Primary* 9 6D, 3R
Likely candidates not yet filed 5 2D, 3R
  Total still in the running 43 22D, 21R

                                                                             *Does not include 1 (1R) candidate who will compete in a runoff in Alabama on 7/17/18 or 1 (1R) candidates who is in a race that is too close to call.

Incumbent Women Running: 5 (1D, 4R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 18 (10D, 8R)

Women Running as Challengers: 20 (11D, 9R)

The previous record number of nominees for lieutenant governor was 29, set in 1994. 

Other Statewide
Elective Executives
 Total Filed to date 97 54D, 41R, 2NP
  Lost Primary 11 5D, 6R
  Won Primary* 38 25D, 12R, 1NP
Likely candidates not yet filed 19 13D, 6R
  Total still in the running 105 62D, 41R, 2NP

*Does not include 1 (1NP) candidate that is in a race that is too close to call.

 

Incumbent Women Running: 25 (10D, 15R)

Women Running for Open Seats: 42 (25D, 15R, 2NP)

Women Running as Challengers: 38 (27D, 11R)

 

State Legislature*
Total Candidates in 23 States** 1523 1071D, 440R, 12NP
  Incumbents 579 355D, 221R, 3NP
  Challengers 602 480D, 116R, 6NP
  Open Seats 342 236D, 103R, 3NP
* Only includes major party primary winners, third party incumbents, and nonpartisan
candidates from Nebraska.
**Does not include 16 (8D, 8R) candidates in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina who will compete in runoff elections on 7/17, 7/24, and 6/26. Also does not include 27 (21D, 6R) candidates who are in races that are too close to call.
 
Candidates are added after their state’s primary.
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States with no legislative races in 2018: 4 (LA, MS, NJ, VA).

 
 State by state listing of state legislative candidates here.
  
Women State Legislative Candidates - historical summary by state (2000-2018)

State Senate
Total Candidates in 23 States* 297 205D, 80R, 12NP
  Incumbents 98 56D, 39R, 3NP
  Challengers 119 98D, 15R, 6NP
  Open Seats 80 51D, 26R, 3NP

*Does not include 2 (2D) candidates in Alabama who will compete in a runoff election on 7/17. Also does not include 9 (8D, 1R) candidates that are in races that are too close to call.

State House
Total Candidates in 23 States* 1226 866D, 360R
  Incumbents 481 299D, 182R
  Challengers 483 382D, 101R
  Open Seats 262 185D, 77R

*Does not include 14 (6D, 8R) candidates in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina who will compete in runoff elections on 7/17, 7/24, and 6/26. Also does not include 18 (13D, 5R) candidates that are in races that are too close to call.


Records to beat:
  Won primaries: 2649 (1727D, 900R, 4I, 12NP, 1 WFP, 5PRG) in 2016.
  Number of women serving: 1871 (1140D, 704R, 14NP, 1WFP, 7I, 5PRG) in 2018.