We can do it!        2008
OPEN SEATS/Congress
Adopt a Candidate -- Elect a Congresswoman or Senator!

Food for thought: If women had been properly positioned and supported by either or both parties to win OPEN SEATS -- as in "Every Open Seat a Woman's Seat" -- and had won 50% (17), the number of women in the 111th Congress would have gone from 16.8% to 19.5%.

OPEN SEATS 2008 & Women Running for Them

SPECIAL ELECTIONS: Women won 4 of 13 contests (+ 1 pick-up)

GA10 (Norwood R, Dec* 2-13-07) -- Special 6-19-07
            (Marion Freeman D and Evita Pascall D did not make 7-7-07 Run-off)
CA37 (Juanita Millender-McDonald D, Dec 4-22-07) -- Special 6-26-07
            Laura Richardson (D) 67% Kanaley (R) 25%
MA05 (Meehan-R, Ret) -- Special 10-16-07
            Niki Tsongas (D) 51% Ogonowski (R) 45%
OH05 (Gillmor R, Dec 9-5-07) -- Special 12-11-07
            Tom Latta (R) 57% Robin Weirauch (D) 43%
VA01 (Jo Ann Davis R, Dec 10-6-07) -- Special 12-11-07 NONE
IL14 (Hastert-R, Ret) -- Special 3-8-08 NONE
IN07 (Julia Carson D, Dec 10-15-07) -- Special 3-11-08
       (Carolene Mays D, Joanne Sanders D, Gabrielle Campo R lost primary)
CA12 (Lantos-D, Dec 2-11-08) -- Special 4-8-08
             State Sen, Jackie Spier (D) 77%
MS01 (Wicker-R, Senate 12-31-07) -- Special 4-22-08 NONE
LA01 (Jindal-R, Gov 1-14-08) -- Special 5-3-08
            "Steve" Scalise (R) 75%, Gilda Reed (D) 22.5%
LA06 (Baker-R, Ret 2-2-08)-- Special 5-3-08 NONE
             (Laurinda Calongne R lost run-off)
MD04 (Wynn-D, Ret 5-31-08)-- Special 6-17-08
             Donna Edwards (D) 80% Peter James (R) 18%
OH11 (Tubbs-Jones, Dec 8-20-08)-- Special 11-18-08 for remainder of term
             Marcia L. Fudge D on Nov ballot
*Dec=deceased

2008 HOUSE: 34 OPEN Seats > 11 women in General > 5 won (15%)

AL02 (Everett-R) -- Sen. Harri Anne Smith (R) lost run-off
                           Cendie Crawley, Cheryl Sabel (D) lost primary
AL05 (Cramer-D) -- Cheryl Baswell Guthrie (R) lost run-off
AZ01 (Renzi-R) -- * Sydney Hay (R) 39% vs. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) 56%
                          Mary Titla, Sandra Livingstone (R) lost primary
CA04 (Doolittle-R) -- Suzanne Jones (R) lost primary
CA52 (Hunter-R, Pres**) -- Hunter retired, then re-entered the race                                         Vickie Butcher (D) lost primary
CO02 (Udall-D, Sen) -- Joan Fitz-Gerald (D) lost primary
CO06 (Tancredo-R, Pres) -- NONE (10 primary candidates)
FL15 (Weldon-R) -- NONE (9 filings)
IL11 (Weller-R)- State Sen.Debbie Halvorson(D) 58% vs. M. Ozinga(R)34%
IL18 (LaHood-R) -- Colleen Callahan (D) 38% vs. Aaron Schock (R) 59%
KY02 (Lewis-R) -- NONE (6 candidates)
LA04 (McCrery-R) -- NONE (8 candidates)
ME01 (Allen-D, Sen) -- Chellie Pingree (D)56% vs. Charlie Summers(R)44%
MD01 (Gilcrest-R) -- NONE (9 candidates)
MN03 (Ramstad-R) -- State Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL) not nominated
MS03 (Pickering-R) -- NONE (8 candidates)
MO09 (Hulshof-R, Gov) -- Rep.Judy Baker(D)47% vs. B.Luetkemeyer(R)50%
                                   Rep.Danie Moore (R) lost primary
NJ01 (Andrews-D, Sen) -- Camille Andrews (D) won primary, BUT then her
                      husband took his spot back when he lost primary for Senate!
NJ03 (Saxton-R) -- NONE (7 candidates)
NJ07 (Ferguson-R) -- Rep.Linda Stender (D) 42% vs. Leonard Lance (R)51%
                              Kelly Hatfield, Kate Whitman (R) lost primary
NM01 (Heather Wilson-R, Sen) -- Michelle LujanGrisham, Rebecca Vigil-Giron,
                                                            Patricia Madrid (D) lost primary
NM02 (Pearce-R, Sen) -- NONE (13 candidates)
NM03 (Udall-D, Sen) -- Carol Miller(I) 13% vs. Lujan(D)57% vs. East(R)30%
NY13 (Fosella-R) -- NONE (6 candidates)
NY21 (McNulty-R) -- Tracey Brooks (D) lost primary
NY25 (Walsh)-R) -- NONE (7 candidates)
NY26 (Reynolds-R) -- Alice Kryzan (D) 40% vs. Chris Lee (R) 55%
OH07 (Hobson-R) -- Sharen Swartz-Neuhardt (D)42% vs. S.Austria (R)58%
OH15 (Deborah Pryce-R) -- Mary Jo Kilroy(D) 48% vs. S. Stivers (R) 48%
OH16 (Regula-R) -- NONE (7 candidates)
OR05 (Darlene Hooley-D) -- Nancy Moran (D) lost primary
PA05 (Peterson-R) -- NONE (12 candidates)
VA11 (Davis-R) -- Lori Alexander and Leslie Byrne (D) lost primary
WYAL (Barbara Cubin-R) -- Cynthia Lummis (R) 53% vs. Gary Trauner 43%
* 2 women
** ran for President

2008 SENATE: 6 OPEN Seats, no women in General Election races! --

CO (Allard-R, Ret) -- NONE
ID (Craig-R, Ret) -- NONE
NE (Hagel-R, Ret) -- NONE
NM (Domenici-R, Ret) -- Rep. Heather Wilson (R) lost primary
MS (Lott-R, Ret) -- Replaced 12-31-07 by Rep. Wicker (R)
VA (Warner-R, Ret) -- NONE

WOMEN CANDIDATES FOR OPEN SEATS NEED $$$!

U.S. House OPEN SEATS statistics past seven cycles:

1992: 62 (41D, 21R)*
1994: 48 (28D, 20R)
1996: 53 (30D, 23R)
1998: 17 (8D, 9R)
2000: 35 (9D, 26R)
2002: 47*
2004: 29 (11D, 18R)
2006: 31 (10D, 20R, 1I)
* includes "open seats" created by redistricting

(All other women's races: Center for American Women & Politics)

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