Republican Women Have A Huge Night On Election Day

( Republican women made waves this election cycle. More than 20 were elected to the House of Representatives this week, six of those who were able to flip seats from Democratic incumbents.

Republican Representative Elise Stefanik from New York began spearheading an effort in 2018 to recruit women candidates to her party. She called the election results this year a “smashing success,” and a sign that the Democratic Party doesn’t hold a monopoly over votes among women.

She said:

“It was the night of Republican women. Despite the media and the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] issuing demeaning comments and saying it wasn’t possible, look at the outcome. We are going to have incredible women who have earned this victory themselves in these districts in the next Congress.”

One of the biggest victories by Republican women was by Maria Elvira Salazar in Florida. The former TV anchor for Telemundo, who is a Cuban-American, defeated a former official within the Clinton White House, Donna Shalala.

In Oklahoma, Stephanie Bice took out a freshman Democrat, and in New Mexico, Yvette Herrell did the same.

It’s possible that Republicans could break their former record of having 25 women representing the party in the House. There were seven seats in the House that Republicans were able to flip from the Democrats, and six of those were captured by women.

The success of Republican women on Election Day wasn’t just relegated to the House, though. Five Republican women were running for re-election in the Senate, and four of them won. That includes Susan Collins of Maine and Joni Ernst of Iowa, both of whom were targeted heavily by the Democrats for flipping their seats.

In addition to those four women retaining their seats, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming will be joining Congress for the Republicans. And in Georgia, Kelly Loeffler will be included in the state’s runoff election, which will be held in January.

In 2018, the Winning for Women Action Fund was created to help advance women candidates within the Republican Party. Strong recruitment at both the national and local level has been attributed to the success on Election Day.

As Olive Perez-Cubas, a spokeswoman for the group, said:

“Many of the Democrat women elected last cycle were out of touch with their districts. Republican women stepped up to challenge them like never before and offered voters a real voice. As a result, Republican women across the country are making historic gains.”

This election cycle will also double the number of pro-life congresswomen. In the House, 13 pro-life women won election, while all 11 pro-life women in the Senate won re-election. That’s according to the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization.

In a statement, the group’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, said:

“We expect when all votes are counted and the races are called, we will have a record number of pro-life women serving in the next Congress. These gains are a repudiation of abortion extremism and further evidence that life is a winning issue in politics.”