A political year dominated by women faces its electoral test

  • Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds reacts after casting her ballot in the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Osceola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at the Macomber Recreation Building during a “Get Out The Vote” rally in Rincon, Ga., Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

  • Andria Tupola, Hawaii Republican candidate for governor, works the phone bank for some last minute campaigning at her campaign headquarters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Honolulu. Tupola is challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. David Ige. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

WASHINGTON — The midterm elections brought a surge of female candidates to ballots across the country. Now, in a year that has been defined by the political awakening and activism of women, Election Day is testing whether those women will reach record-breaking numbers in Congress and in governor’s mansions across the country.

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