The Associated Press reported Thursday a record number of female congressional candidates have filed paperwork to run in the 2018 mid-term election.
According to data compiled by Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics, 422 women will likely seek a U.S. House seat from either the Democratic or Republican parties in 2018 — the most since at least 1992.
In addition, 54 females are “still in the running” for a U.S. Senate seat, as well as 77 gubernatorial candidates.
Not a surprising development, many political experts expected such a record to be broken after the election of Donald Trump to the White House and a handful of issues embraced by the Republican-controlled U.S. legislature opposed by a significant portion of American women such as healthcare access, abortion rights and environmental protection laws.
I told @AP that the engagement of women in #NJ11 inspires me, and I mean it. So proud to be among the record-breaking number of women candidates running for the House this November. Time to #flipitblue. https://t.co/VrEW4VyN43
— Mikie Sherrill (@MikieSherrill) April 5, 2018
News of record female engagement in the political process coincides with comprehensive polling data from all 50 states released by Morning Consult showing President Trump’s job performance approval dipping to an all-time low of 41 percent among registered voters.
Red states which saw the largest declines for Trump since February include Ohio, Arizona, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Iowa.
In addition, three traditionally blue states which flipped Republican in the 2016 presidential election also saw significant declines in Trump’s approval — Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Overall, Trump’s current approval rating sits at an average of 41.5 percent according to RealClearPolitics, up from a low of 37 percent in mid-December 2017.
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