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Why Republican women face a bleaker picture in the battle for representation in Congress

Congress welcomed a record number of women in 2018 — 102 in the House and 25 in the Senate, with the 116th class becoming the most diverse group of lawmakers in U.S. history. But the new high could only be attributed to successes in the Democratic Party, including a number of historic firsts for Democratic women of color.

For Republican women, the outcome was dismal. The GOP entered 2019 with eight female senators — an improvement, but far short of the 17 on the Democratic side. And in the House, out of 197 Republicans, a mere 13 were women, compared to 23 during the last cycle.

PHOTO: Female lawmakers cheer during President Trump's State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Capitol, Feb. 5, 2019.

Female lawmakers cheer during President Trump’s State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Capitol, Feb. 5, 2019.

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