The GOP may be picking up some more women in Congress.
Two Republican women – Mia Love of Utah and Barbara Comstock of Virginia – secured their party’s nomination for Congress and will both advance to heavily contested battles in the upcoming midterm elections in November.
Love, former mayor of Saratoga Springs, won by a landslide at the GOP’s nominating convention Saturday with 78% of the vote. The GOP rising star, whose 2012 Republican National Convention appearance skyrocketed her national profile, easily trounced her primary opponent Bob Fuehr, who garnered about 22%.
Meanwhile Comstock won in a bid to replace her former boss, Rep. Frank Wolf, beating out five other contenders with 54% of the vote, Politico reports.
Both women are crucial in the Republican Party’s efforts to boost female representation in Congress. Currently, only 19 of the 231 Republicans serving in the House of Representatives are women. If she succeeds, Love would be the first African-American female to be elected for Congress.