State of the Texas Woman
What is the SOTW?
The State of the Texas Woman is a biennial report released after every midterm and presidential election. It contains important trends and patterns of women running for office down to the local level. Both quantitative and qualitative data points are reported, giving our readers a better understanding of what it takes to run for office in the Lone Star State. Currently, Lone Star Parity Project is the only entity to landmark a report with aggregated data down to the local level.
Filings in 2018
Of everyone who filed for the 2018 election cycle, women make up 36.43% and men 63.57%. This can also be said as: For every woman that runs for office, 1.74 men also run. This, we have found, is the largest barrier to women being elected at parity. Of those women, 70.86% belong to the Republican party and 28.80% identify with the Democratic party.
Primary Elections in 2018
Women make up 40.54% of primary winners, and 28.83% of primary losers. So while there are not nearly as many women running in contested primaries, they are overall nearing parity in winning their primaries and far less likely to lose than men. Women across the board outperform their male counterparts in the primaries. Both parties are nearing parity, with Democratic women at 46.08% of their party wins and Republican women at 41.20%.
General Elections in 2018
In total, 1,213 women were elected in 2018. Of all elected women, 68.3% were Republicans and 37.7% were Democrats. While Republican women hold the numbers, Democratic women were elected at near parity as a percentage of their party (47.18%) while Republican women were elected at 37.95%. Women overall were elected at 4.00 percentage points higher rates than what they filed, while men followed the opposite trend. This indicates that if women run at parity, they will be able to win at parity.
Currently, there are thirteen different types of political elected offices across the state of Texas that have women serving at or above parity—meaning 50% or more of these seats in counties throughout the state are filled by women and femmes.
Out of 256 counties, 98 counties elected women at parity or more and an additional 46 are near parity. 58.37% of all women elected in 2018 come from these near parity or parity counties.
Filing Parity Statistics by County
Did women and femmes make up 50% of the people in each county who filed to run for office in 2018?
Primary Election Parity Statistics by County
Did women and femmes make up 50% of the people in each county who won their primary election in 2018?
General Election Parity Statistics by County
Did women and femmes make up 50% of the people in each county who won their general election in 2018?
Almost 2,000 women filed to run for office in the State of Texas in 2018, only meeting 36% of total people filing for office. Yet, there were 1,213 women who ended up securing an elected seat, meeting 40% of total people who won an elected county-level or higher seat in 2018. There were more Republican women filing, winning primaries, and becoming elected than Democratic women. However, this pattern by party is the same for men.