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Landslide Victories for Women in WI and WA Primaries

Gwen Moore, a candidate for the US Congress from Wisconsin, and Christine Gregoire, running for Governor of Washington, secured significant victories in recent primary elections. Moore, a Democrat, was the first African American woman elected to the Wisconsin state senate. If elected, she would also be the first African American woman ever sent to Congress from Wisconsin. While speaking to the Associated Press, Moore expressed confidence in her 70 percent Democratic district, and John Kerry has described her as “battle tested and ready to take on the special interests in Congress.” She gained 65 percent of the vote and the Associated Press lists her campaign budget for the primary as more than 16 times greater than her opponent’s. Gregoire, Washington state’s first female attorney general, won the Democratic nomination for governor with 67 percent of the vote. With three terms as attorney general under her belt, and experience as the leader of a $206 million lawsuit against tobacco companies, Gregoire is described by Emily’s List as “having what it takes to mount a winning campaign against Rossi and keep the state in Democratic hands.” LEARN MORE about the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Get Out Her Vote campaign DONATE to the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Get Out Her Vote campaign

Sources:

Associated Press 9/15/04; Center for American Women and Politics, 07/04; EmilyÕs List 9/15/04; Washington Secretary of States Office 9/14/04

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