The parties’ widening gender gap
Stacey Abrams represents the future of the Democratic Party, said Jeet Heer. By winning the Georgia gubernatorial primary in a landslide last week, the 44-year-old lawyer and state legislator became the country’s “first black woman nominated for governor by a major party.” Abrams’ nomination in a red state vividly demonstrates the gender gap between the parties, which is growing ever wider in the Trump era. This year, more Democratic women are running for office nationwide than ever before. In House races, Democrats have nominated 62 female candidates—or about 50 percent of those running—while Republicans have nominated just 10. With Republicans “forcefully defending traditional gender norms,” Democrats are attracting more women over such culture-war issues as sexual harassment, abortion, and health care. President Trump’s blatant misogyny is accelerating that process; polling indicates 4 percent more women identify as Democrats since 2015, and 70 percent of Millennial women lean left. Abrams might lose in Georgia, where Republicans usually dominate. But she’s “a harbinger” of the Democrats’ future, as the party runs more women and more people of color, while Trump and the Republicans drive them away.