Women are running in gubernatorial races in record numbers in 2018—and some of the winners could be their state’s first female governor ever.
The majority of the 79 women running or “seriously considering” running for governor nationwide, are progressives, with 49 Democrats and 30 Republicans readying themselves for 2018 campaigns, according to theWashington Post. If all 79 women end up running, they’ll blow past the record 34 women who sought to lead states in 1994.
“Some of it is absolutely a reaction to President Trump and his policies,” Jean Sinzdak, associate director of Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics, toldNPRin February. “For others, it is Hillary Clinton’s loss, [which] sort of woke them up to the idea that maybe we haven’t made as much progress as we thought.”