Apr 9, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump turns out Democratic candidates for midterm elections

Donald Trump speaking to a crowd

US President Donald Trump speaks during a round table discussion on tax reform. Photo: Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

There's no better illustration of President Trump’s impact on the midterm elections than the soaring number of Democratic House candidates running in primaries, with women driving the surge, per the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin and Denise Lu.

A comparison: 1,415 Democratic candidates are running in this fall's midterm elections, remarkably similar to the 1,406 Republicans who ran in 2010's midterms. That election saw the Tea Party wave, spurred by President Obama's tenure and the Affordable Care Act.

House candidates so far:

  • Democrats: 1,415
  • Republicans: 934

Female House candidates:

  • Democrats: 424
  • Republicans: 124

Male House candidates:

  • Democrats: 991
  • Republicans: 810
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