Women Consider Running for Governor in Twenty-Two States

Women are considering a run in 61 percent of gubernatorial races in the country. As of April 23, the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University (CAWP) identified 25 women who were considering running for governor in 22 states, including Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D) of Maryland who announced her candidacy on Sunday. Of the candidates and potential candidates, 19 are Democrats and 6 are Republicans. According to CAWP, three women have already lost their primaries, including 1 Democrat and 2 Republicans. This could still be a breakthrough year, however, as 56 percent of the women identified by CAWP, or 14 women, will run in elections where there is no incumbent.

Currently, only Arizona, Montana, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts have women governors.


Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute Ð Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

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