The first real test of the political winds of 2014 will have a Democratic woman, Alex Sink, running in a special election for a House seat in Florida. From there, some of 2014’s most pivotal races will have women at the center, from Alison Lundergan Grimes aiming at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Michelle Nunn fueling Democratic optimism in red Georgia, to two women running against each other for an open West Virginia Senate seat. Two of the most vulnerable incumbents in the same chamber, Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, are also women. Meanwhile, in the House, a number of women are challenging Tea Party freshmen, and RNC featured speaker Mia Love, a black Republican woman, is making her second attempt at Congress. And if a few key women running across the country get their way, the lone Democratic female governor, Maggie Hassan, won’t be an anomaly anymore. That includes, of course, Wendy Davis.
Here are the women to watch in 2014.