Stefanik credits Trump for spike in GOP women running for office

Stefanik credits Trump for spike in GOP women running for office
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Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikGOP's Banks burnishes brand with Pelosi veto Former speed skater launches bid for Stefanik seat House GOP leaders say vaccine works but shouldn't be mandated MORE (R-N.Y.) credited President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE for the growing number of Republican women running for office in her address to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. 

"Our support for President Trump is stronger than ever before," Stefanik said from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. "We know what’s at stake in this historic election. Americans from all walks of life are unified in support of our president. It's why more Republican women than ever are running for office this year."

"We understand that this election is a choice between the far-left Democratic Socialist agenda versus protecting and preserving the American Dream," she added. 

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The Republican Party has long been dominated by male leadership. However, that appears to be shifting. 

Data released in May by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University showed 195 Republican women running in House races this year. That's up from a previous record of 133 during the Tea Party wave in 2010. The findings also showed an overall increase in women running for Congress in both parties. 

Stefanik, along with retiring Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Bold leadership is necessary to curb violence against youth Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act MORE (R-Ind.), has led the charge in recruiting women to run under the banner of the GOP. 

The New York congresswoman launched the Elevate PAC last year after Democrats saw a groundswell of women elected to Congress in the 2018 midterm elections while the number of Republican women in the House declined.