West Virginia will in all likelihood send a woman to the Senate for the first time, as it appears that two women will face off in the general election — Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a Democrat.
In Michigan, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) looks strong, and if she wins in the fall the state would have an all-female Senate delegation, like three other states: California, New Hampshire and Washington.
Hawaii also could have both its Senate seats held by women if Rep. Colleen W. Hanabusa (D) wins the Democratic primary contest against Sen. Brian Schatz, who was appointed to fill the seat once held by the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, who died in 2012. The Aloha State’s other seat in the upper chamber is held by Sen. Mazie Hirono, also a Democrat.
“Not only do women hold a record 20 seats in the Senate, they make up 30% of the majority caucus and hold significant committee leadership positions,” said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University in an e-mail statement. “Whether it’s working to shut down the government shutdown, negotiating a bipartisan budget deal or changing the way the military deals with sexual violence, the women Senators are wielding power and getting things done.”