Republican lawmakers expressed shock & disappointment at heavy defeat suffered by woman candidate
Heavy loss by female candidate in Republican NC runoff sparks shock
Republican lawmakers expressed shock and disappointment at the heavy defeat suffered by a woman candidate in a North Carolina primary runoff despite earning prominent endorsements and being backed heavily by outside groups.
Dr. Joan Perry, a pediatrician running in her first election, lost by 20 points against state Rep. Greg Murphy in the runoff to be the Republican nominee to replace the late Rep. Walter Jones in North Carolina’s 3rd District.
Lawmakers said the scale of the loss highlighted the challenges faced by Republicans to recruit and get more women candidates elected after the number of female Republican lawmakers in the House dropped from 23 to 13 following last year's midterms.
Lawmakers and outside groups also vowed to reevaluate their recruitment strategy for women candidates at a time when Democrats elected a record number of female lawmakers last year, many in key suburban swing districts that Republicans would need to win back to regain the House in 2020.
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