In a record-setting year for female candidates across the country, Michelle Lujan Grisham won the Democratic nomination for New Mexico governor. She would be the first Latina Democratic governor in U.S. history.
Lujan Grisham, a congresswoman, is trying to succeed the nation’s first Latina Republican governor, Susana Martinez. Republicans also nominated a member of Congress, Rep. Steve Pearce, to run for the job.
Another congresswoman, South Dakota’s Kristi Noem, won her state’s Republican gubernatorial primary. She would become the first female governor in South Dakota history.
Voters in Alabama and Iowa had opportunities to set up all-female matchups for governor in November.
Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey avoided a runoff despite several primary challengers. But Democrats chose Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox over Sue Bell Cobb, a former state Supreme Court chief justice.
In Iowa, labor leader Cathy Glasson couldn’t pull off an upset against businessman Fred Hubbell for the Democratic nomination, so Hubbell will take on Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who had no party opposition.
Both Reynolds and Ivey are vying for their first full terms after succeeding men who resigned. Reynolds is Iowa’s first female governor. Ivey is the second woman to helm Alabama government, but the first in five decades.