On the Hill

Midterms Dire for Women Candidates

The most-talked about Republican candidates this season may be women, but it figures to be a tough election season for female incumbents: Independent analysts are predicting that the number of women in Congress will drop for the first time in three decades. There are, currently, 56 Democratic and 17 Republican women in the House, and 13 Democratic and 4 Republican women in the Senate. A dozen incumbent congresswomen and four female senators are locked in tough races; David Wasserman at the Cook Political Report expects an overall decline of women in Congress of five to 10 seats.