Record number seek senate seats

Women candidates flood campaigns


After filing deadlines in 38 States passed, a record number of women have filed as major party candidates for the U.S. Senate in 2018, according to The Center for American Women and Politics.

As of June 1, 42 women – 24 Democrats and 18 Republicans – have filed for candidacy, surpassing the previous high of 40 set in 2016.

Republican women have already surpassed their record high for filed U.S. Senate candidates; 17 women filed as Republican Senate candidates in 2010.

In 2016, 28 Democratic women filed as U.S. Senate candidates, which currently remains the record high.

“Women have not only broken a record for U.S. Senate candidacies this year,” according to CAWP’s director, Debbie Walsh. “They are also contenders in some of the most competitive races of this cycle.”

Of the 42 women who have filed for the U.S. Senate:

  • 8 (6D, 2R) are incumbents who have filed for re-election
  • 7 (3D, 4R) are running for open seats in 3 states (Arizona, Tennessee, and Utah)
  • 12 (4D, 8R) are seeking major party nominations to challenge incumbent senators
  • 15 (11D, 4R) have filed as primary challengers to incumbents of their own party.

These numbers include all the women who have filed to date, including those who have lost their primary.