Primary Outlook: Women Candidates in New York

June 27, 2018

Ahead of the New York congressional primary election on June 26, 2018, we outline the numbers and proportions of women who have filed as candidates for congressional office. New York holds its statewide primary elections on September 13, 2018. The data below also provide points of historical comparison to give context to today’s presence and potential success of women candidates.

All data are provided from the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University. For a full list of the women candidates in New York primary races for congressional and statewide offices, see CAWP’s Election Watch page.


Current: 9 (7D, 2R) of 29 members of the New York congressional delegation (31%)
Filed: 29 (23D, 6R)
Percent of all Filed Congressional Candidates (D/R): 29 of 89 (32.6%)


Current: 1 of 2 senators

  • Incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) is running for re-election this year.

Filed: 2 (1D, 1R)

  • Current U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
  • 1 (1R) woman is running unopposed for the Republican nomination to challenge Gillibrand in the general election.

Percent of all Filed Senate Candidates (D/R): 100% (2 of 2)
Percent of all Filed Democratic Senate Candidates:  100% (1 of 1)
Percent of all Filed Republican Senate Candidates: 100% (1 of 1)


Current: 8 of 27 representatives (29.6%)

  • 27 (16D, 11R) women have served in the U.S. House from New York, including 8 (6D, 2R) current representatives.

Filed:  27 (22D, 5R)

  • All 8 (6D, 2R) women incumbents are running for re-election.
  • 2 (2D) are running in the open seat contest in NY-25.
  • 17 (14D, 3R) women are running as challengers, including 2 (2D) women candidates challenging incumbents of their own party and 15 (12D, 3R) woman candidates running to challenge an incumbent of the opposing party in the general election.

* 10 (9D, 1R) of 27 women candidates for U.S. House from New York are women of color, including 5 (4D, 1R) Black women, 4 (4D) Latinas, and 1 (1D) Asian American woman.[1] New York currently has 3 (3D) women of color in its U.S. House delegation.

Districts with Women Candidates:  19 of 27
Percent of all Filed House Candidates (D/R):  31% (27 of 87)
Percent of all Filed Democratic House Candidates:  33.8% (22 of 65)
Percent of all Filed Republican House Candidates: 22.7% (5 of 22)

Recent history: The number of women who filed for major party candidacy for the U.S. House in New York in 2018 is greater than any other year between 2008 and 2018.

  • This year marks the highest number of Democratic and Republican women running for the U.S. House in New York between 2008 and 2018.
  • This year, there us just one open U.S. House seat in New York (NY-25).


[1] CAWP has not verified racial/ethnic identification for two women U.S. House candidates from New York.