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Women Among GOP Notables Likely to Win House Races

By    |   Monday, 27 October 2014 07:32 AM

The Republican Party has made a concerted effort to put forward conservative female candidates, with the result that several notable GOP women are expected to join the 2015 freshmen class of House members, The Hill reported.

The number of GOP women in the House stands at 19, down from 24 in 2010. Of these, 17 incumbents are expected to return. The midterm elections are not anticipated to bring a dramatic demographic change to Republican ranks.

Still, Mia Love, a former mayor in Utah, is expected to become the first black Republican woman ever in Congress. Thirty-year-old Elise Stefanik, in upstate New York, will likely become the youngest woman of either party elected to the House.

Martha McSally could also pull through in a tight Arizona race, according to The Hill.

With Democrats tarring Republicans as being anti-women, the party wants to change perceptions that it is a "homogeneous group of old white guys," according to The Hill.

"Yes, messengers are important, and having a broad spectrum of members who represent that background — youth, women, Hispanics, every walk of life — is very important," said House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, The Hill reported.

Republicans lost big among women in 2012. That led the party to develop Project GROW to identify and nurture conservative women candidates. Love, Stefanik, and McSally all came through the program, which offers fundraising assistance and candidate training. The program is overseen by Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner and Tennessee Rep. Diane Black.

Project GROW also helped GOP male candidates reach out to women voters.

Love, 38, is the daughter of Haitian immigrants and a Mormon. Stefanik served in the administration of George W. Bush and with the Paul Ryan 2012 vice presidential campaign.

Republicans are also hopeful that California's Mimi Walters will make it to the House and, in addition, are pulling for Iowa's Mariannette Miller-Meeks, according to The Hill.

Republican female candidates with a slighter chance of election include Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire and Wendy Rogers in Arizona. In West Virginia, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito could win the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Democrat Jay Rockefeller, The Hill reported.

Shirley Chisholm of New York, a Democrat, was the first African-American woman elected to Congress. She served from 1969-1983.

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