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There is a somewhat common perception that women and minorities face disproportionate barriers in political elections. Such a concept was disputed by a new study released Monday that analyzed data on thousands of candidates over the past five years and showed that men, women, and minorities have an almost equal chance of being elected to public office.
Though the rates of participation by women and people of color are increasing substantially, many decry problems of racism and misogyny in American elections.
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“We have a problem with racism in America today. If this country wasn’t racist, Stacey Abrams would be governor,” Democratic candidate and Massachusetts Representative Seth Moulton said at a CNN town hall earlier this month.
However, the study, conducted by the Reflective Democracy Campaign, reports that white women, women of color, and men of color actually have slightly higher rates of electoral success than white men — women of color were 5 percent of candidates and 5 percent of winners, white women were 28 percent of candidates and 29 percent of winners, men of color were 6 percent of candidates and 7 percent of winners, and white men were 61 percent of candidates and 60 percent of winners.
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“White men’s electability advantage is a myth,” Brenda Chores Carter, director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, told the Huffington Post, adding, “when reflective candidates are on the ballot, they win as often as white men.”
Women and minorities hold an unequal amount of elected positions relative to their population size — white women account for 31 percent of the population and 27 percent of elected officials, women of color account for 20 percent of the population and 4 percent of elected officials, and men of color account for 19 percent of the population and seven percent of elected officials. This is not for a lack of...
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