Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns for fellow Democrat Kaniela Ing ahead of the Democratic Primary Election in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. August 9, 2018. (REUTERS/Marco Garcia)
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As women line up to run for U.S. political office at historic rates, state legislatures -- where some of America's most critical policy decisions get made -- could see a slew of new female lawmakers after November's vote, according to a Reuters analysis of election data.This year, a woman will appear on the Michigan ballot for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and in 63 percent of the state's Senate seats and 71 percent of its House seats.More women in office could lead to policy changes in areas that women traditionally feel strongly about and generate a new pipeline of candidates for future higher offices, political observers, candidates and fundraising organizations predicted.State legislatures are the pool from which national candidates are generally drawn. With only 20 percent of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives held by women and 23 percent of Senate seats, a surge on the state level strongly foretells a radical change in the makeup of Congress in years to come.
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