For the Republican Party, at least one thing has become clear in the wake of the midterms: Women didn’t do well in their elections. According to data compiled by Kelly Dittmar of Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics, only a quarter of Republican women running in the general election won.
Compared with Democrats, that’s stark: Overall, just under 50 percent of Democratic women won their bids.
But those figures include incumbents. Exclude incumbents and the gap between the parties widens. A little over a quarter of non-incumbent Democratic women won — and 3 percent of non-incumbent Republican women did.
Democratic women had the highest win percentage among non-incumbents of the four party-gender groups.
In fact, nearly 6 in 10 non-incumbent Democrats who won were women. Three percent of Republican non-incumbent winners were women.
We’ve looked at this before, but it bears mentioning again: The vast majority of Republicans elected to the House in 2018 were white men.
In the Senate, both of the non-incumbent Democratic winners were women.
Among gubernatorial candidates, women made up about as much a percentage of the non-incumbent pool of winners as the overall pool.
But, again, notice how much more heavily female the Democratic winners were than the Republican ones. Again, that disparity pales next to the gap in the House.
“We need to support those women earlier and learn the lessons of how effective the other side was in getting women through these competitive primaries,” Stefanik told Roll Call.
That, however, doesn’t address another problem: The shift among women, particularly white college-educated women, toward Democratic candidates. Perhaps having more women on the ballot will help reverse that trend. Or, perhaps, the Republican problem with women this year ran deeper than the candidates who were on the ballot.