Thursday, June 24, 2010

Women Challenging Male Domination in 8 Governor's Mansions (Video)

Women are challenging male domination in the governor's mansions of 8 states. The states include California, New Mexico and Minnesota -- 3 so-called progressive states that have never had a woman as governor.

But the most exciting governor's race is in New Mexico, where a woman will definitely win because the race is between two women: Diane Denish (D) vs. Susana Martinez (R). This is only the 3rd time (!) in this cowboy country's miserable male-dominated history that the race has featured a woman vs. a woman:

There have only been two other gubernatorial races pitting women against each other: in Hawaii, Republican Linda Lingle beat Democrat Mazie Hirono in 2002, and in Nebraska, Republican Kay Orr beat Democrat Helen Boosalis in 1986. That is it, according to a chart from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University. .

There are currently six women governors: Hawaii's Lingle, Michigan Democrat Jennifer Granholm, Connecticut Republican Jodi Rell, Washington Democrat Christine Gregoire, North Carolina Democrat Beverly Perdue and Arizona Republican Jan Brewer. . .
"This is clearly the road to the White House and we don't have a lot of women walking that path," Walsh said in an interview. But she added that there is potential for significant gains this year by women. That's because 23 of the 36 governor's races are open seats with no incumbent, making them easier to win.