To the surprise of many, women vote Republican too


As I was driving on my road trip this past Memorial Day weekend, I saw a bumper sticker on the car in front of me as I was sitting in traffic. The sticker read, “WHY DO WOMEN VOTE REPUBLICAN?”

Perhaps it is not common knowledge on the California 101, but there are many women nationwide that vote Republican. According to Pew Research Center, 38 percent of women were registered as Republican for the 2016 election.

And this 2018 election cycle has a record number of women running for office in recent history. Sixty-three women running for governorships across the country is an all-time-high. There are 48 women still in the running for U.S. Senate, 387 for Congress, 36 for lieutenant governor, 96 for other statewide executive positions and a whopping 899 for state legislature positions.

The records to beat are the number of women who won primaries — 2,649 in 2016 — and the number of women serving in office across the country — 1,871, the current number.

The ratio of Democrat to Republican women currently serving is about 7:11, or approximately 39 percent Republican and 61 percent Democratic.

The Trump administration has beaten some records as well. Trump has hired an outstanding number of women for some of the most senior positions in the White House.

His list of female appointees is long: Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the United Nations; Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation; Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force; Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary; Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President; Linda McMahon, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education; Jovita Carranza, U.S. Treasurer; Neomi Rao, Regulation Czar; Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Heather Brand, Associate Attorney General; Kelly Sadler, Director of Surrogate & Coalitions Outreach; Mercedes Schlapp, Senior Communications Advisor; Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President; Hope Hicks, Communications Director; Jessica Ditto, Deputy Director of Communications; and Dina Powell, Deputy National Security Adviser.

So to the driver of the car with that bumper sticker: women don’t just vote Republican, they also run Republican and serve our country as Republicans.


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