September 21st, 2010
02:22 PM ET
12 years ago

2010 is year of GOP women candidates

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Washington (CNN) - While 2010 might be the year of the Tea Party, a second storyline is the rise of Republican women candidates.

In the 2010 election cycle, five female Republican candidates are running in competitive Senate seats. And a slew of Republican women are running in congressional and gubernatorial races that have made national headlines.

So why the increase this year?

Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez says former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is a catalyst.

"She opened the door and showed that women could pass the money test," Sanchez said.

Palin also appeals to a certain group for women - pro-life, evangelicals, mothers and fiscal conservatives - who have wanted to be a part of the system for a long time, Sanchez said.

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  1. Jimbo (the real one)

    When the dust settles let's see how many of these Palin "clones" win their general elections.

    September 21, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. tcaros

    Here again "Ted Turner's corporate megaphone CNN" is trying to skew voter sentiment.

    This year is the year to kick out the Republicans. At least that's what Americans think.

    September 21, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. TangledThorns

    2012 will be a GOP woman year as well when we elect Sarah Palin as our next president!

    September 21, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |

    Amazing, that the GOP cannot even put women for election without a huge baggage behind them look @OdOnnel all kinds of dirty laundry in her closet look @ this lady from Connecticut look @ her picture you would think she is going to punch someone, Carly Furena stupid lady that she is makes fun of her rivals hair, has she looked at herself in the mirror at all, and Meg my God she thinks writing all these millions of checks is going to elect her, why havent she helped the poor and the hungry with those millions, GOP, give it up you are yesterdays news you cannot win with this bunch.

    September 21, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. carlos

    Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez says former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is a catalyst.......a catalyst???.......we do not think so, she is more like a, that voice is a creeper

    September 21, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. S in California

    Palin also appeals to a certain group for women – pro-life, evangelicals, mothers and fiscal conservatives – who have wanted to be a part of the system for a long time, Sanchez said.

    Why don't you say what you REALLY mean Sanchez? She appeals to extremist ignorant white women who believe with all their hearts – they are superior to ANY person of color even though God chose the Jews and NEVER looked their way.

    September 21, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    So witchcraft, unpaid taxes, foreclosed homes, buying of elections is what we have to look forward to with the GOP and their women? God help us all and pray for the Party of NO! Pray they will be destroyed!

    September 21, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |

    Fiorina is losing in California by 8 points. Good riddance.

    September 21, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Me love you long time John McCain

    They give women around the world a bad name.They are just out and out STUPID.

    September 21, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Was it hard to find five republican women with the spending habits of Sarah Palin? If Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina are the norm, republican women are just like the male republican spenders.

    September 21, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Not my cup of tea!

    You can thank Sen. John McCain for unleashing the start to dumb down our political system. Sen. McCain choose as his VP beauty over brains and that open the flood gates of a thousands plague of Palin.
    May God, helps us all.

    September 21, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Tiffani

    Angle say it's not a senator's business in finding jobs. A true republican. In other words "no".

    September 21, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. ruty

    Watch out America! All these crazy republican women are coming out of the wood work.Looks like they can't find a qualified male to lead the party.

    September 21, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. CK in MN

    It's about time that women in the GOP realize it's the 21st century. It's just too bad that they all seem intent on putting the United States back in the 20th!

    September 21, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Brenda

    Palin, Angle and O'Donnell: the three stooges of the female persuasion of the Republican comedy. "Real people?" Nope, real sorry excuses for people.

    September 21, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    Yep – but she should have left it SHUT because none of them have BRAINS!!! She would have been "phenomenal' if she VETTED her women FIRST instead of endorsing anything with a SKIRT and can WALK!!!

    And if this is all the Republicans have to offer in the way of WOMEN, then Lord Help us!!!

    I heard a blogger state here on CNN that RepubliCAN'T women Politicians are more beautiful than Democratic women Politicians!! You see, that's the PROBLEM and the DIFFERENCE between PUBS and DEMS. Beauty is only 'skin-deep' and brains are NOT seen but HEARD!!

    CNN – is there any NEWS about Democrats lately!!!

    T'SAH – the Liberal – approves this message!!

    September 21, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. rdepontb

    ...("Hillary" anyone? An actual, living,working, articulate, policy-shaping soul?)

    September 21, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. got brains in NY

    It's unfortunate that these women either have to buy their way into an election, using their own deep pockets, or have to prey upon the fears of ill informed homophobes and bigots to get on the ballot. Not one of these women has a track record of fiscal responsability in their pasts. They propose nothing of substance, or have any ideas or solutions to the real problems facing our nation. Where are the smart Republican women?

    September 21, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Snow

    This is good for women and am glad Governor Palin has opened the door for female conservatives. The Tea Party welcomes anyone who is a true fiscal conservative and loves their country and want to return to the days when you took are of yourself and your family. Charity was only for those who were truly in need and unable to help themselves unlike today.

    September 21, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. DIANA

    Too bad they're all nuts. Brewer – all illegals whether willingly or not are drug mules. Waiting over a month to recant her story about the headless bodies in the desert. Angle – too much to type here. O'Donnel – her own staff wants to press charges that she stole money from her previous campaign, maybe she could twitch her nose and win the election. Nutbags who want women to have their babies regardless of rape or incesesst, (sorry for the spelling)

    Whitman and Fiorini, sorry, you're not buying my vote. I'm going for the woman who has the same values I do – Barbara Boxer and yes, the man who I know will be better than Whitman – Jerry Brown.

    The Republicans haven't learned – just because you're a woman doesnt mean I'm going to vote for you – remember that Sarah.

    September 21, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Jacob

    the party has no choice, all of the Republican men have screwed this country up beyond recognition!

    September 21, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Say What!!

    She looks like a MAN in "Drag"!!!!

    September 21, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |