Ahead of the North Carolina primary election on May 8, 2018, we outline the numbers and proportions of women who have filed as candidates for congress. The data below also provide points of historical comparison to give context to today’s presence and potential success of women candidates.
All data are provided from the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University. For a full list of the women candidates in NC primary races for congressional and statewide offices, see CAWP’s Election Watch page.
Current: 2 (1D, 1R) of 15 members of the NC congressional delegation (13.3%)
Filed: 10 (8D, 2R)
Percent of all Filed Congressional Candidates (D/R): 17.9% (10 of 56)
Current: 0 of 2 senators
- 2 women have represented North Carolina in the U.S. Senate: Republican Elizabeth Dole (2003-2009) and Democrat Kay Hagan (2009-2015)
There is no U.S. Senate race in North Carolina in 2018.
Current: 2 (1D, 1R) of 13 representatives (15.4%)
- Both (1D, 1R) women House incumbents are running for re-election this year.
- A total of 6 (3D, 3R) women have represented NC in the U.S. House, including the two current women representatives.
Filed: 10 (8D, 2R)
- 6 (6D) women are running in 4 districts to challenge Republican incumbents in the general election.
- 2 (1D, 1R) women are running in 2 districts to challenge members of their own party in the primary election.
- There are no open seat contests for the U.S. House in North Carolina this year.
Districts with Women Candidates: 7 of 13
Percent of all Filed House Candidates (D/R): 17.9% (10 of 56)
Percent of all Filed Democratic House Candidates: 28.6% (8 of 28)
Percent of all Filed Republican House Candidates: 7.1% (2 of 28)
Recent history: The number of women who filed for major party candidacy for the U.S. House in North Carolina in 2018 is not a record high. Between 2008 and 2018, the high for women candidates filed to run for the U.S. House was 13 in 2016, when there was one open U.S. House seat being contested. This year, there are no open U.S. House seats in North Carolina.
- The highest number of Democratic women running for the U.S. House in North Carolina between 2008 and 2018 is 8, the number of Democratic women that filed this year.
There are no statewide executive elections in North Carolina this year.