Three female Democrats will be considered heavy favorites to win House seats in their races this November after their primary victories Tuesday in Pennsylvania, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A victory by any of them would put an end to the state's all male congressional delegation; all 20 federal lawmakers — 18 of them congressmen — are men.
In fact, one race guarantees that a woman will be elected to Washington, given both candidates are women.
Tuesday's female victors who will be favored to win November's general election in Pennsylvania:
- State Rep. Madeleine Dean in District 4.
- Chrissy Houlahan in District 6.
- Mary Gay Scanlon in District 5.
Further, Susan Wild is a fourth woman who advanced to November after her primary victory in District 7. She awaits her Republican opponent in the district, listed anywhere from a "lean" or "tilt" Democratic to toss-up.
Dean is heavily favored in District 4, won by Hillary Clinton by more than 20 points in 2016. Clinton won Houlahan's district by 10 points. Scanlon, too, is heavily favored to beat the state's only female Republican candidate for the House, Pearl Kim.
Fortuitous for all four female Democrats is that none of them are facing incumbents in November, thanks to retirement (Ryan Costello), resignation (Pat Meehan) or redistricting.
Democrats overall can potentially flip six House seats in Pennsylvania alone in their bid to recapture the majority. They need to net 23 seats.
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