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NYT – In Mississippi, a rare opportunity for Republican women

It’s been a hard year for Republican women. President Trump was elected with the widest gender gap in polling history, and the surge among female candidates has been much higher among Democrats, many of whom are campaigning against what they see as the president’s misogyny. Some strategists have advised Republican women to sit this year out.

Mississippi’s Third Congressional District may be an exception. Half the six candidates in the G.O.P. primary are women. The district is firmly Republican, so whoever wins the primary is heavily favored to win in November. One of the three women, Sally Doty, a two-term state senator, is the only candidate in the race with legislative experience, which may be a plus among voters, although her male rivals have raised far more money.
Sally Doty, a two-term state senator, is running in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District.CreditRogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

No woman has ever been elected to Congress from Mississippi — Cindy Hyde-Smith became the first woman to represent the state when she was appointed to replace Sen. Thad Cochran in April, and she will run against three men to keep the seat in November. (Her appointment left Vermont as the only state that has never had a female representative in Congress.)

Democrats like Rep. Bennie Thompson call for investigation into Hurricane Maria’s Puerto Rico death toll

In December, Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office asking it to assess the death toll to make sure it hadn’t been “artificially suppressed.” Velázquez’s office told Yahoo News that it is continuing to have conversations with the GAO about the timetable for the report. The government of Puerto Rico has also commissioned a report from George Washington University that will provide another estimate of the death toll, and draft results are expected this summer.