By Renuka Rayasam
The number of women running for Congress here this year is surging, fueled by indignation over the wave of sexual harassment claims against office-holders, anti-Trump sentiment and an abundance of seats left open by the retirements of longtime incumbents.
At least 50 female challengers have filed to run in Texas congressional races in the March 6 primary, raising the prospect that Texas — a state with 36 districts but just three women in its House delegation — will finally see its breakthrough moment for women in 2018.
“We have reached a tipping point,” said Veronica Escobar, an El Paso Democrat who could become the first Latina from Texas in Congress. “I’m hoping that 2018 is the year that stars are aligned for other women.”