Politics

Key test for ‘pink wave’ power in Tuesday’s primaries

Tuesday night’s primaries featured redrawn district maps, a spate of retirements, a surging “pink wave” of candidates seeking to make history, and colorful political storylines aplenty.

All of these narratives converged in Pennsylvania — a state currently dominated by an all-male, largely Republican congressional delegation. The Keystone State is critical to Democratic hopes of retaking the House and that party hopes their female candidates will play a big role in that effort.

Primary voters also headed to the polls in Idaho, Nebraska, and Oregon.

Here’s what you need to know about Tuesday’s primaries.

1:00 a.m. – AP calls Idaho Democratic gubernatorial primary for Paulette Jordan

The Associated Press has called the Idaho Democratic gubernatorial primary for Paulette Jordan, a former state representative who, were she to win the general election, could be both the first woman and the first Native American woman to serve as the state’s governor. Jordan is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

12:43 a.m. – Here’s how female candidates in the Keystone State fared

So far eight candidates have advanced in seven different congressional districts to the November general election in Pennsylvania:

PA-04: Madeleine Dean (D)
PA-05: Mary Gay Scanlon (D), Pearl Kim (R)
PA-06: Chrissy Houlahan (D)
PA-07: Susan Ellis Wild (D)
PA-11: Jessica King (D)
PA-14: Bibiana Boerio (D)
PA-15: Susan Boser (D)

Democratic candidate Judy Herschel narrowly trails her opponent Marc…

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