Washington Could Be Key Battleground For Women In Both Parties

By Bridget Bowman
CQ-Roll Call

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Washington is one of four states with two female senators, and was one of the first where the pro-abortion rights group EMILY’s List was active.

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With a surge of women House candidates across the country, Washington is emerging as a key battleground for women on both sides of the aisle.

All four of the GOP-held districts in Washington could have women Democratic challengers following next week’s primary. And two of those Republican targets are women.

“I think that we have always had women that have paved the way in politics here,” said Tina Podlodowski, Washington State Democratic Committee chairwoman, noting the state is accustomed to women leaders from both parties.

Washington is one of four states with two female senators, and was one of the first where the pro-abortion rights group EMILY’s List was active.

Both GOP women who are targets in 2018 served in the state before coming to Congress, including Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She was minority leader in the state legislature, the first woman to lead a party caucus there, and is currently the only woman in House GOP leadership.

First these women have to make it through the Aug. 7 primary, where candidates from all parties compete on the same ballot and the top two vote-getters advance to November.

Democrats aren’t concerned about two Republicans advancing, shutting them out of the general election, as they were in California. They’re targeting three of the four Republican-held House seats here, with one considered a top pickup opportunity.

GOP Rep. Dave Reichert’s decision not to run for re-election in Washington’s 8th District opened up a competitive race in a district that Hillary Clinton carried by 3 points in 2016. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race a Toss-Up.

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