Feminist candidates won key victories in the Indiana and North Carolina primaries this week. In Indiana, Jill Long Thompson won the tight gubernatorial Democratic primary against Jim Schellinger. Thompson is a 3 term former congresswoman for Indiana’s 4th District, and was a US Under-Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 to 2001. She will face Republican incumbent Governor Mitch Daniels in a race which is touted as a toss-up.
In North Carolina, Bev Perdue won the gubernatorial Democratic primary with 56.1% of the vote against two male candidates. Perdue is currently serving as Lt. Governor of North Carolina. Prior to her election as Lt. Governor, Perdue served in the North Carolina House of Representatives for two terms and the North Carolina Senate for five terms. She will face Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R) in the general election.
Kay Hagen won the Democratic primary for the US Senate race in North Carolina, collecting 60.2% of the vote. Hagen served five terms as a member of the North Carolina State Senate. This race is considered to be in the top 10 most competitive Senate races for the 2008 election. She will face conservative Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole.