Win or Lose, Tuesday’s Primaries Are a Big Deal for Women

Now the question is whether black women can succeed as candidates, as well — one reason Stacey Abrams’s recent victory in the Georgia primary for governor attracted so much attention. After Mr. Jones’s victory, Glamour anointed Alabama the state to watch, because, it said, the state has more black women running for office than any other. But their count included down-ballot races, below the congressional races and the executive level of governor and attorney general.

In statewide races, there are just three black women running, and they are challenging Republican incumbents, making those races hard to win. The only woman to be elected statewide in Alabama was Lurleen Wallace, for governor in 1966, but she was seen as a surrogate for her husband, Gov. George Wallace, who was term limited. For now, it seems that Alabama is better viewed as a reminder that a high number of women running doesn’t mean a high number of women winning, especially at the top levels.

A chance for more women governors

For all the hurdles faced by women running for Congress this year, women running for governor have pretty good odds Tuesday. Five out of the eight states with primaries have gubernatorial contests, and in four of those at least one woman has a shot at winning. (Montana, Mississippi and New Jersey do not have gubernatorial contests.)