Primary problems: GOP women struggle to come out on top
Erika Harold, Miss America 2003, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National at National Harbor, Maryland on March 8.
June 4th, 2014
10:55 AM ET
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Primary problems: GOP women struggle to come out on top

Washington (CNN) - Erika Harold, a biracial, former Miss America-turned-Harvard Law School-educated attorney in her 30s, would seem to be the type of congressional candidate the Republican Party would break its neck to back in a race.

But, as she barnstormed across Illinois' 13th Congressional District in a maverick effort to defeat first-term incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis in March's primary, Harold came face-to-face with an extreme example of the types of challenges female GOP congressional hopefuls sometimes face.


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  1. rs

    Tommy G

    So by all of the leftist logic in here, the Republican Party should provide party resources and help replace all Republican incumbents in primaries, especially if the challenger is a woman and/or a minority, in order to prove to the world the party likes women and minorities? Yeah, thanks for that advice lefties!!! How about YOU support primary challengers against YOUR incumbents?!! How about getting a few of those old farts out of their before they die?!!
    The Democratic party doesn't have a diversity problem- the GOP does, and keeps saying it is working on the problem their party has with women voters and women candidates. If this is the GOP "working" on their women problem... well, I hope you get the point.

    June 4, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Silence DoGood

    @Ol' Yeller
    Silence DoGood
    Tea Party to Women: After you read through the rules about who you cannot marry, what religion you should be, what is permitted in your private life, what you can do with your body, what the State may do to your body, please get right in line to vote for us.

    You left out the part about them being the Party of Freedom Lover's Freedom Party for Freedom.
    They like to talk about 'freedom', they just don't want certain people to enjoy any... just a few though.... Gays, Lesbians, People of Color, Immigrants, Women, the poor, Blue States, Dems, Vets, Women, the unemployed, Transexuals, Women, Brown folks, Black folks, Brown, Black, or poor White Women... and just a few million others (basically anyone outside the group of Christian White, Wealthy Males).
    It is all so confusing. But once the Grand Glorious Christian Corporate Theocracy is established, maybe they will publish the rules in a Grand Glorious Edict so we will all know what to do and who to hate. 1984. The Ministry of Freedom?

    June 4, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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