LatinaLista — The new favorite “electoral” issue to discuss in the media seems to be polls measuring the “anti-incumbent” mood of the people.
In fact, whenever incumbent politicians were interviewed by the national anchors, the conversation always drifted to the question: “Just how afraid are you of losing your seat due to the anti-incumbent mood in the country?”
New Mexico could have their first Latina governor in state’s history when Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez (r) faces off against Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, (l) in November.
Of course, this anti-incumbent theory is perpetuated by the Tea Party activists whose platform is to basically “clean house” in Washington. Yet, this so-called anti-incumbent mood isn’t completely accurate.
While male incumbent politicians have lost their seats in Congress in this year’s elections, the women have fared much better. In fact, according to a tally by Rutger’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), it appears (after a quick scan) that all of the women incumbents won their primaries.
And that’s not all.
CAWP reports that there will be more “Woman-vs-Woman” races around the country this November.
In addition to former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) meeting Senator Barbara Boxer (D) in the race for California’s U.S. Senate seat in November, there will be New Mexico’s race where the two leading political candidates for governor are both women.
Also, four other states will have women candidates competing for the same office. And a host of other states have a number of female candidates in the running for state and national office.
With the female incumbents’ success of winning their races, perhaps the message isn’t that people are fed up with Washington incumbents — they’re just fed up with the men.