A Short-Lived Streak?

A record 23 women were nominated by major parties to the U.S. Senate in 2018, although it may be a challenge to see that number equaled or increased in 2020. There were 13 incumbent women on the ballot last cycle compared to just seven that are up for reelection next year: Martha McSally (AZ), Joni Ernst (IA), Susan Collins (ME), Tina Smith (MN), Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Shelly Moore Capito (WV). After plateauing in the 1990s (47 nominees) and 2000s (46 nominees), the number of women who won a major party U.S. Senate nomination during the 2010s nearly doubled to 85. There were just nine such nominees in the 1970s and 26 in the 1980s.

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