Congressional Candidate Christy Smith Provides a Masterclass in Campaigning While Female

On Super Tuesday, Smith earned a first-place finish. But to win, she’ll have to prevail in two elections over the next eight months. National Democrats are looking at the May special election as a bellwether for 2020. Do Democrats have what it takes to hold the House majority? With Trump on the ballot, can the women of the 2018 wave survive their first test as swing district incumbents in what will be the most polarized election in a generation?

Comparing the Feminist Electoral Victories of 2018 and 2020

Much of the attention to gender and the 2020 election has been focused on the Democratic presidential primary. But more than 500 offices at the congressional and statewide level (and many more in state legislative contests) are also up for election this year, providing multiple sites for us to evaluate the numerical presence and progress for women, and the different ways in which gender shapes campaign terrain for all candidates.