Republicans risk being branded the party of men and are searching for answers to the glaring gender disparity in their ranks.
West Virginia’s Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. She will join what may be the chamber’s smallest group of female GOP lawmakers since the early 1990s--as few as 13 of at least 199 Republicans. Democrats will have at least 89.
The concern is that Democrats’ lopsided edge among female voters could carry over to 2020, when President Donald Trump will be seeking a second term and House and Senate control will be in play.
David Winston, a pollster who advises GOP congressional leaders, commenting on the huge gender disparity, said, “You will see a very significant recruiting effort occur” for female candidates. “It’s a natural conclusion. An environment has got to be created where that can be a success.”