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- Today, Axios kicks off a series examining women's progress and obstacles across various industries.
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Women running for national and state office may be on track to break the record-setting runs and gains of 2018, as Republicans try to catch up with their Democratic counterparts, Axios' Margaret Talev and Naomi Shavin write.
- Why it matters: It's worth remembering that the struggle to reach the White House masks a lot of real progress at lower levels.
The big picture: Congress notched its highest number of women after the 2018 midterms, and there's a push to go higher.
- Senate races: 17 female candidates already have filed and 45 more are likely, for a potential total of 62, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. That would surpass the previous record of 53 in 2018.
- House races: 584 women are running or likely to run, compared with 437 two years earlier, per the center.
- That includes 217 Republican female candidates for the House this year — a sharp increase from 2018, when there were just 96. Democrats have increased their numbers a bit, too.
But it's not just Congress. There's also progress in the state legislatures:
- Nevada's legislature made history last year when women captured a bare majority of the seats in both chambers.
- New Hampshire and Colorado have hit majority milestones for individual chambers.
Reality check: The door's been flung open for women seeking the presidency, yet with Elizabeth Warren's withdrawal from the race, we're on course for a general election that pits a white man in his 70s against a white man in his 70s.
- A record-breaking six women (including two of color) were among the crowded 2020 Democratic field.
- Now, only Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii remains.
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