Twenty-six states have never elected a female senator

Most states still have never elected a woman to the U.S. Senate.

Voters in Massachusetts, Hawaii, Wisconsin and North Dakota on Tuesday helped move the dial on that imbalance: All four picked a female senator for the first time. That means there will be a record high 20 female U.S. senators in office.

But 26 states still never have elected a woman to the Senate. (Alabama and Georgia both have appointed — but never elected — women to the Senate.) Here they are:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

In addition, four states on the list have yet to elect a woman to either chamber of Congress: Delaware, Iowa, Vermont and Mississippi.

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