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Record-Breaking 100 Women Could Be Bound for House

There are currently 61 female Democrats and 23 female Republicans serving in the House, but after November, Democrats could expand their ranks of women by more than a third

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    Record-Breaking 100 Women Could Be Bound for House
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    Ayanna Pressley (left) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are among a record-breaking group of more than 100 women who would be elected to the House for the first time in history.

    Americans in November could elect more than 100 women to the House for the first time in history — and put more new women in the house than in any prior election, NBC News reported

    Between 20 and 40 new women are poised to enter the House come January 2019, shattering the previous record of 24 set in 1992's "Year of the Woman." And the impending surge is being driven entirely by Democrats, including insurgent progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, who defeated 20-year Democratic incumbents. The number of Republican women in the House, meanwhile, is poised to decline. 

    Much as pundits interpreted 1992's wave as a backlash against Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court confirmation, 2018 is believed to be a backlash to President Donald Trump's election.

    There are currently 61 female Democrats and 23 female Republicans serving in the House. But after November, Democrats could expand their ranks of women by more than a third. Meanwhile, the GOP's ranks could shrink by up to a third.

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