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>> Woo.>>
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Ginger Gibson is covering the story.>> Political strategists are telling me then previous elections being a woman was often considered a disadvantage. But in this election cycle because of the anger directed at Trump and because of the large number of woman we see turning out, being a woman has become an advantage for candidates.
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And people are beginning to believe that putting a man against a woman, the woman has the slight edge on election day instead of the man.>> Take one example, Michigan. Only 23% of state law makers are currently women, but this year female candidates will be on the ballot in most legislative races.
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Women are also on the ballot for Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State. In this week, Gretchen Whitmer won the Democratic primary for governor.>> I am proud of our state. We have done great things here.>> If we look across state houses and congressional candidates, the number of women candidates skew heavily toward Democrats.
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There's just more democratic women running. And strategists believe that they're going to be able to be more successful cuz they're picking off some of those Republican women who want to see women in office. And for that reason, the blue tide that some are expecting to potentially happen in November could really be caused by the number of women on the ballot more so than even voting for Democrats.
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>> The activist group Emily's List supports female candidates who back abortion rights.>> I went out to one of Emily's List's training sessions, and it was packed with women, many of whom say they're running for county or city offices. This is providing a lot of encouragement for groups like Emily's List, who believe they'll be a robust pipeline of women to draw from who now have political experience when they're looking for candidates for United States House, Senate, gubernatorial races, and even President.
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