Girl Power

GOP women somehow defeat GOP sexism


Despite the war on women Republicans have been waging throughout the 2014 election, Republican women had a great election night.

Joni Ernst became the first woman elected to Congress in Iowa. She defeated Rep. Bruce Braley, a trial lawyer who became notorious for missteps along the campaign trail. Ernst will also be the first female combat veteran to serve in the Senate.

West Virginia elected its first female senator. Shelley Moore Capito defeated Democrat Natalie Tennant to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Republican women also fared well in House races.

Barbara Comstock won the 10th congressional district in Virginia against John Foust, who came under fire as an elitist when it was discovered his wife’s OBGYN practice does not accept Medicaid.

Elise Stefanik became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. She won New York’s 21st district, defeating Democrat Aaron Woolf, a filmmaker.

Utahans elected Mia Love to become the first black female Republican ever elected to Congress in U.S. history. Love defeated Democrat Doug Owens by 3 points Tuesday evening.

Additionally, Republican Governors Susanna Martinez, Mary Fallin, and Nikki Haley maintained their posts.

Stephanie Merrick   Email Stephanie | Full Bio | RSS
Stephanie Merrick is managing editor of the Washington Free Beacon. She previously interned at the Daily Caller and the Washington Examiner. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Review. Stephanie lives in Washington, D.C. Her Twitter handle is @stelisew. She can be reached at

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