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Massachusetts woman joins the record number of women winning primaries. Why isn’t it happening in Ohio?

September 5, 2018

Massachusetts woman joins the record number of women winning primaries. Why isn’t it happening in Ohio?

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ayanna Pressley, a woman Democrat candidate, defeated a long-serving male incumbent in a Massachusetts Democratic congressional race on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Why should you care? It’s the most recent example of the momentum surrounding women candidates in 2018.

Women candidates are running for Congress in record numbers in 2018 — and a record number are winning primaries, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.

So far, 230 women have won their U.S. House primaries across the country — beating the record set in 2016 by 63 candidates. On the U.S. Senate side, 22 women have won their primaries, besting the record set in 2012 by 4.

In Ohio, the eight women congressional candidates who are challenging incumbents or running for an open seat face long odds this year. The state has three female incumbents in the U.S. House, who are all likely to keep their seats. The state has no female senators.

Betsy Rader, which Shatter featured in a Facebook Live video, is one of the few women who stand a chance in November.

Why is that, do you think? Why are women candidates failing to gain traction in Ohio?

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