UPDATE: Mid-terms 2014: How Many Women Won?

By Sanjana Parikh

Races

During the general election, women ran in 40 of 100 races for the CA Legislature. However, women comprised only 23% of candidates (45 of 196). More highlights:

  • 8 of 20 State Senate races included female candidates
  • 32 of 80 State Assembly races included female candidates

CandidatesWhere did women win in 2014

  • 23 of 45 women on the ballot won their races*
  • 12 Democrat
  • 11 Republican

Contenders

  • 7 of 14 women running for open seats won
  • 3 Democrats
  • 4 Republicans
  • 1 of 13 challengers won*
  • 1 Republican
  • 15 of 16 women running as incumbents won their races
  • 9 Democrats
  • 6 Republican

Comparing the Win Rate

Women won at the same rate as men. Of 151 male candidates, 76 won, demonstrating a 50.3% success rate. Even in an election with poor turnout, women slightly edged men, with 23 women winning of 45, giving them a 51.1% rate of victory.

* awaiting results from State Assembly District 39