UPDATED: Victories, Milestones for Women on Election Night
American women made political history on November 7, 2012. Here are some stories the Center for American Women and Politics have been tracking:
US Senate: A record 18 women have won major party nominations for the Senate, including six incumbents, eight women vying for open seats, and four challengers hoping to knock off incumbents. With nine holdovers still serving, we stood a great chance of seeing a new all-time record number of women serving in the Senate, beating the current 17. The races include three where women are facing off against one another. UPDATE: We have broken the record: Including holdovers, the number of the women in the next session will be at least 19.
Six of the nation’s most competitive Senate races featured women candidates, so the partisan balance in what used to be called “the world’s most exclusive men’s club” may lie in the hands of women:
- Connecticut: Linda McMahon (R) against Rep. Christopher Murphy (D). Update: Murphy has won the race.
- Massachusetts: Elizabeth Warren (D) against Sen. Scott Brown (R). Update: NBC has reported that Warren won the race.
- Michigan: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) against former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R). Update: Stabenow has won the race.
- Missouri: Claire McCaskill (D) against Rep. Todd Akin (R). Update: McCaskill has won the race.
- North Dakota: Heidi Heitkamp (D) against Rep. Rick Berg (R) (no decision as of 3AM ET)
- Nevada: Shelley Berkley (D) against Sen. Dean Heller (R) (no decision as of 3AM ET)
- Wisconsin: Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D), openly against Tommy Thompson (R). UPDATE: Baldwin has won the race, becoming Wisconsin's first woman senator and the first openly LGBT senator in the United States.
NYTimes calls WI Senate for Baldwin. With this race, we are at 19 women in the Senate…and the night's not over!— CAWP (@CAWP_RU) November 7, 2012
Mazie Hirono projected winner of HI Senate (female-female) race - 18 women...— CAWP (@CAWP_RU) November 7, 2012
Maria Cantwell wins out the Senate women incumbent winners. We are up to 17…still waiting to hear from WI and NV— CAWP (@CAWP_RU) November 7, 2012
NBC projects NE Senate for Deb Fischer - for those counting, that's 1 win and 2 losses for women candidates for open Senate seats (8 total)— CAWP (@CAWP_RU) November 7, 2012
3 more incumbent women senators will return for another term: Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Debbie Stabenow (MI), and Amy Klobuchar (MN)— CAWP (@CAWP_RU) November 7, 2012
US House: Another record is the number of women -- 299 -- with nominations for the US House of Representatives. When the 113th Congress is sworn in, we’re likely to witness the greatest number of female newcomers since the 24 who took office after 1992’s “Year of the Woman.” Some of the wins reported in tweets:
Elizabeth Esty projected winner in a tight race in CT. Up to 9 new women in the US House.— CAWP (@CAWP_RU) November 7, 2012
US House women winners (all incumbents): Marcia Fudge (OH), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)— CAWP (@CAWP_RU) November 7, 2012
US House women winners so far (all incumbents): Corrine Brown (FL), Kathy Castor (FL), Frederica Wilson (FL) #electwomen2012— CAWP (@CAWP_RU) November 7, 2012
New Hampshire: With women running strong races for Governor, U.S. Senate, and both House seats, and one incumbent Senator already in place, the Granite State became the first ever to elect women to every top spot: governor, two US Senate seats, and the state’s entire House delegation.
Projected winners in NH show an all-female Congressional delegation and a female governor. Making history!— CAWP (@CAWP_RU) November 7, 2012
AP calls NH Governor for Maggie Hassan - that means we will have 5 women governors in January 2013.— CAWP (@CAWP_RU) November 7, 2012
Two of the new women elected to the House: Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Ann Wagner (R-MO)— CAWP (@CAWP_RU) November 7, 2012
The Women’s Vote: Have you noticed the presidential candidates tailoring appeals to women? Perhaps that’s because every presidential race since 1980 has featured a “Gender Gap” of anywhere from 4 to 11 points, with women tilting more toward the Democratic candidate than men every time.