Pennsylvania’s all-male delegation in the U.S. Congress is set to undergo a dramatic transformation next year after eight women candidates, mostly Democrats, claimed decisive victories during Tuesday’s primaries.
In Pennsylvania’s Fifth District, a woman is all but certain to win a seat in Congress after Mary Gay Scanlon, a Democrat and member of a local school board, won her primary, setting her up to face off against Republican Pearl Kim, a lawyer, in the November midterm election.
In the Fourth District, Madeleine Dean, a Democrat and member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, is widely expected to win a race against Republican Dan David. Susan Wild, an attorney, is slightly favored to win the race for the Seventh District after she bested fellow Democrat John Morganelli, and Democrat Chrissy Houlahan will battle Republican Greg McCauley in the Sixth District in a battle that experts say could go either way. Dean, Wild, and Houlahan were all supported by EMILY’’s List, a Democratic organization that has actively worked to recruit and support pro-choice women candidates.
The women’s victories were made all the more remarkable by the Keystone State’s longstanding reluctance to elect women into office.
“You have had women candidates who really haven’t been able to break through in general elections,” explained Rutgers scholar Kelly Dittmar, pointing out that seven women ran for Congress in 2016 only for a group of all men to be elected instead. “So Pennsylvania will be a good test of (how women candidates will do in 2018) because it is not a state that women have done well historically.”
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Pennsylvania’s all-male Congressional delegation will change when voters go to the polls in November. Women won 8 Congressional nominations in last night’s primary vote: pic.twitter.com/1igHW1gFaz
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