The Republican Party’s relative success in Tuesday night’s House elections was driven in large part by a group that Democrats insist Republicans are actively working against: women.
In a development that is being hailed as a turning point by the party, the GOP is on pace to send a record number of women to the lower chamber of Congress this year, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
The numbers are in
Despite talk of a “blue wave,” Democrats are losing seats in the House and are on track to remain the minority party in the Senate. The results are a major setback compared to the 2018 midterms, when Democrats flipped the House in a so-called “year of the woman.”
The Democratic Party’s losses this year have been credited to Republican women, who won six seats held by Democrats, out of seven.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, they include Maria Elvira Salazar, a Floridian and Cuban-American former TV anchor for Telemundo; Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma; and Yvette Herrell of New Mexico.
“The night of Republican women”
Republicans now say that efforts to recruit more women into the GOP fold since the 2018 midterms are showing fruit.
“It was the night of Republican women,” New York’s Elise Stefanik (R), who led recruiting efforts, told the Free Beacon. “Despite the media and the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] issuing demeaning comments and saying it wasn’t possible, look at the outcome. We are going to have incredible women who have earned this victory themselves in these districts in the next Congress.”
The GOP could see the number of women in its ranks rise in the House from 13 to 23, when all’s said and done.
A turning point for the GOP
Republican women were inspired to challenge the Democratic Party’s presumption to speak for all women after the 2018 midterms, in which the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) rose to prominence, Stefanik said.
“One interesting theme in my early conversations with these women candidates on the Republican side is that [they said] the party of Nancy Pelosi does not represent the vast majority of women in America,” she told the Free Beacon. “The Democratic Party does not have a monopoly on women candidates or women voters.”
In another shift, the number of pro-life women in Congress may double, according to the Susan B. Anthony List, a sign of strength for the life movement and its support from many women.
“These gains are a repudiation of abortion extremism and further evidence that life is a winning issue in politics,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said of the development, according to the Free Beacon.