“I’m a suburban woman who went to college, so that’s my demographics,” said McSally. “I gave my life to serve others, to break down barriers for others … to resist discriminatory policies like my eight year battle at the Pentagon for the burka, so this is my riding, man. “
Meanwhile, Loeffler, who was appointed to his seat in December, credits Trump for inspiring his own desire to sit in the Senate.
“The party has been very supportive, Chief McConnell has been incredibly supportive, everyone, I think we are doing a great job,” said Loeffler in a recent interview. “In fact, under President Trump, more Republican women are running for election at any time in history. “
Several Republicans have crossed the barriers. Ernst, the party leader, was the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress and the first female combatant in the Senate; McSally was the first female fighter pilot to serve in combat; and if she wins this year, Loeffler would be the first woman elected to the Georgia Senate.
But they all face difficult campaigns.
Kelly has greatly overvalued McSally since launching her campaign, and almost all of the polls show that McSally lost in a state where Trump is also in trouble. Collins faces the toughest and most expensive race in his career, amid a barrage of leftist attacks for his vote for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. However, a recent internal GOP poll in late June found that Collins was up 8 percentage points.
Ernst’s race is a draw and a recent Des Moines Register poll had Greenfield in mind as Trump’s poll numbers slipped into a state he wore four years ago. And Loeffler dragged Collins into the polls amid a scrutiny of his stock market transactions during the pandemic, although the FBI and the ethics committee have since dropped polls on the matter.
Democrats argue that the GOP has a major problem with women voters, fueled mainly by the presidency that divides Trump, and which will hurt Senate candidates on the map. National surveys and battlefield surveys consistently show a major advantage for Joe Biden over Trump with women. Biden had a 22 percentage point lead among women in a recent New York Times national survey, and an even larger lead among women with college education. Democrats expect similar gender gaps to appear in Senate contests, some of which take place on the presidential battlefields.
“If you vote with an unpopular president like Donald Trump – who hurts your state – 96, 97, 98 percent of the time, voters will hold you accountable,” said Martha McKenna, a veteran democrat strategist who led the Democratic Party. The Senate Campaign Committee’s independent spending program for 2018. “Trump’s ugliness and destruction, and their complicity, are an impossible obstacle for them.” The women voters have finished and it is true for all. “
Democrats have 17 women in their caucus – more than a third of their party’s senators – and have played a key role in the party’s electoral success in recent rounds. Meaning. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Jacky Rosen of Nevada were the only two Democrats to overturn the seats held by the GOP in 2018. This year, the DSCC approved women from Iowa, Maine, Kansas, Kentucky and Texas, all of which could be competitive.
McConnell, meanwhile, publicly discussed his goal of electing more women to the conference. He made adding GOP women to the Judicial Committee a priority after Kavanaugh’s controversial confirmation hearings in 2018, during which the judge was confronted with allegations of sexual assault. Yet most Republicans argue that what matters most is the quality of the candidates, not whether they are men or women.
“I think it is important to recruit candidates, good people to serve, regardless of gender,” said Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.). A Collins campaign spokesperson noted that the Republican from Maine “has never considered herself a” woman “senator, she is a senator” and “has never focused solely on what some might say is rather, “women’s issues,” she focused on issues that are important to all Americans. ”
Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Who won her seat in 2018 and joined the judicial committee with Ernst, said she would always like to see more recruiting of conservative women and acknowledged that the number of Trump ” had gone up and down “with women. But she said conservative women overall have an attractive message.
“Most of the women are from center to right,” said Blackburn. “The economy and safety and security are the main issues for women, and I think we are good at it.”