The 2022 midterm elections could be a reckoning for Republicans as it is. Add to it that many GOP women are entering the race, and it could spell trouble for fledgling Democrats.
Republicans are sending a larger number of women to run for seats in the House of Representatives, Breitbart reported. This is an important step in closing in on Democrats who have a higher number of female representatives.
Female Republicans were important in the last election cycle as 11 of the 14 House seats overtaken by the right were female candidates. Furthermore, the GOP now has 31 women in the chambers — the highest number ever for the party.
“The success of Republican women last year is one reason that a large field looks to be shaping up,” National Republican Congressional Committee Communications Director Michael McAdams said. This time last election cycle, there were only 50 female candidates already committed whereas now there are 127 promising female hopefuls.
Initially, there were worries after the 2018 midterm elections cut the number of female GOP lawmakers in the House from 23 down to 13. However, 2020 was an improvement and 2022 is shaping up to be even better. Meanwhile, the number of female Democratic hopefuls has remained steady.
The push for diversity is mostly a left-wing item on the national agenda, but Republicans are aware of the additional political clout that comes with a more gender-balanced ticket. The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University found that 120 women vied for House nominations in 2018, a number that increased to 227 in 2020.
Things weren’t looking as good for females in the Democratic party. “Far more Democratic women sought House seats—356—but that number was flat from 2018,” the report said suggesting they weren’t experiencing the same growth.
There isn’t anything inherently good or bad about more women Republicans running for many on the right who don’t believe in identity politics. However, it is an encouraging sign about the different demographics the message is reaching when diverse candidates make their way to Congressional ballots across the country.