Nevada could elect first-ever female-majority state house

Nevada could elect first-ever female-majority state house
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Nevada could become the first state in U.S. history to elect a female-majority statehouse this year, according to an analysis by the Reno Gazette Journal.

The newspaper reported on Monday that women already make up 40 percent of the people elected to serve in the state's capital. But after women won a record number of state primary elections in June, they could make up about two-thirds of the state legislature following this November's election.

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"We ended up with more than double the number of recruits this year than we've had in any of the past 12 years," Danna Lovell, director of Emerge Nevada, a Democrat-linked candidate training nonprofit in Las Vegas, told the Gazette. "I think the difference is women are finding their voices."

Other groups that helped recruit female candidates said the "Me Too" movement has prompted more women to seek office, according to the newspaper.

According to the Gazette's analysis, women are favored to control 27 seats — eight in the Senate and 19 in the Assembly — heading into the 2019 Nevada Legislature.

Women will still have to gain five more seats to secure a 32-seat majority, and the Gazette notes that four of those races are in highly competitive Assembly districts. 

The 2017 Nevada legislature includes 25 men in the Assembly and 13 men in the Senate. Meanwhile, 17 women are in the Assembly and eight are members of the state Senate. 

The possibility for Nevada to have a female majority in the statehouse comes as an increasing number of women seek public office. In March, Politico reported that at least 575 women had declared their intention to run for the House, the Senate or governor this election cycle.