Women have helped the GOP flip Democrat-held seats that President Donald Trump carried in 2016, consuming into Democrats’ historic 2018 midterm positive aspects and their majority.
In Oklahoma, Republican Stephanie Bice took again the fifth District, which Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn flipped in considered one of the greatest surprises of the 2018 midterms. In Iowa’s 1st District, Ashley Hinson, thought to be considered one of the social gathering’s finest recruits, defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer. Yvette Herrell knocked off freshman Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in a rematch in New Mexico’s 2nd District. And in South Carolina, Republican Nancy Mace, the first girl to graduate from the Citadel, unseated Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham, who flipped the Charleston-area seat in 2018 after GOP Rep. Mark Sanford — an outspoken Trump critic — misplaced in his major earlier that 12 months.
Democrats even suffered losses in South Florida areas Hillary Clinton received in 2016, the place they could have been dragged down by Latino assist for Trump at the high of the ticket. Maria Elvira Salazar, a Cuban American journalist, defeated freshman Democratic Rep. Donna Shalala, who was well being and human providers secretary below President Invoice Clinton, in what had been thought of a Strong Democratic race.
Women additionally stored Democrats from consuming into conventional GOP turf. Democrats had set their sights on Indiana’s fifth District, for instance, early in the cycle as the sort of suburbanizing space the place well-educated voters may bitter on the President and again Democrats up and down the ticket. When Brooks, the recruitment chair for the Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee, introduced her retirement in June 2019, some Republicans feared that was the finish of GOP management of that district — and a foul signal that the variety of GOP women in the House was more likely to fall. However Republican Victoria Spartz stored the open seat in GOP palms, defeating Democrat Christina Hale.
In Colorado, Lauren Boebert, a gun rights advocate who has claimed familiarity with the QAnon conspiracy, held onto the third District, which had come into play after she scored a stunning upset over GOP Rep. Scott Tipton in a major earlier this 12 months.
At the least one longtime Democratic incumbent may also get replaced by a Republican girl. Michelle Fischbach, the former lieutenant governor of Minnesota, toppled Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, an elusive GOP goal who has served in Congress since 1991.
Republican women have been additionally elected to seats labeled as Strong Republican, in response to rankings from Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, a MeSlop contributor. Success in secure purple seats has been the surest method for Republican women to extend and preserve their numbers.