Gretchen Whitmer 2011
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Women made history in Tuesday’s elections, breaking records in congressional and gubernatorial races as the wave of female candidates winning primaries this year continued. The number of female major party nominees running for the U.S. House this year has risen to 182, with several more races still too close to call. The previous record was 167. In the race for governorships, Gretchen Whitmer won a heated battle to become the Dem nominee in Michigan, and Laura Kelly became the Dem choice in Kansas. Their wins mean that 2018 has 11 women running as major party gubernatorial nominees, the highest number in history. The previous record was 10, in 1994. “This has been an election season of records for women candidates, and tonight continues that story,” said Debbie Walsh, director of CAWP.