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Women running for office

For those interested in the political races happening this year be sure to read the Washington Post article Twenty years on, ‘Year of the Woman’ fades.  In the article Professor Gary Moncrief is quoted on the race in Idaho and how women are playing a part in that race.

In conservative Idaho, whose filing deadline was this month, nearly four in 10 of the Democratic candidates for the state legislature are women, while only 13 percent of the Republican candidates are, said Gary Moncrief, a political science professor at Boise State University.

“In other words, a Democratic candidate is three times more likely to be a woman than is a Republican candidate,” he said. “In Idaho, it isn’t a gender gap; it’s a gender chasm.”

This story was first published in UPDATE.


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