On June Super Tuesday, Historic Wins for Women of Color Down the Ballot

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Indiana Senate candidate Paulette Jordan; Ferguson, Missouri’s first black mayor, Ella Jones; and New Mexico’s Teresa Leger Fernandez.

On Tuesday, nine states and the District of Columbia held primary elections. These elections resulted in historic gains for women, particularly for women of color.

In spite of current circumstances, including the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests, voter turnout was impressive and women candidates of color prevailed in primaries for Congress, state legislatures and local government. Although these candidates will face competitive elections in November, the success of diverse candidates suggests that widespread unrest has enhanced civic engagement and political participation.


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