For some in Republican congressional leadership, these ratios were just happenstance and not a cause for concern, especially for a party that eschews identity politics and picking candidates based on their physical qualities rather than their devotion to certain ideological positions. For other congressional Republicans, these were staggering statistics that were emblematic of the party’s larger Trump-era electoral problem with women, especially those who are college-educated and live in suburban regions. Realizing that they needed more women in their ranks to not only better represent the Republican base but to also recapture an important electorate, Republicans had to understand why so few Republican women were running and even fewer were winning.
|Most of the 2021 GOP House Freshman Class|
Republicans have discovered what Democrats did long ago: to elect more women, you need to support them. But these gains may not last forever: Republican women tend to represent swing districts, making them vulnerable to Democratic wave elections (hence the majority of their losses in 2018). The next front for Republicans, then, is nominating more women in safe districts.