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Nevada on track for first female-majority statehouse

A woman stands in the back of the State Assembly.
Nevada State Assembly. Photo: Lance Iversen/AP

"Nevadans could soon make history by electing the nation’s first female-majority state legislature," the Reno Gazette Journal reports.

Between the lines: "Women already make up nearly 40 percent of those elected to serve in Carson City and — after winning a record number of primary contests in June — could make up nearly two-thirds of the statehouse by Nov. 7."

  • "Women already make up nearly 40 percent of those elected to serve in Carson City and — after winning a record number of primary contests in June — could make up nearly two-thirds of the statehouse by Nov. 7."
  • "Groups that helped recruit and train female candidates credit the #MeToo movement ... for helping develop new office-seekers."

The N.Y. Times says that while Nevada has the best chance at being the first state with a majority-female legislature, "at least eight more have a shot at reaching or surpassing the 50 percent mark in November":

  • Maine ... Colorado ... Oregon ... Maryland ... California ... North Carolina ... Illinois ... South Dakota.
  • But in most of those states, a woman would have to "win the general election in every district where at least one is running, a difficult feat."