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Nevada might get the first female-majority state legislature in U.S. history

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No state in American history has ever had a female-majority legislature, but that could change in November in Nevada where a record number of women — both Democrat and Republican — have been nominated to compete for open seats in the state house and senate.

There is at least one woman nominee in 30 of the 42 state assembly seat races this November and there is a mix of strong incumbents and open seats to make it so at least 21 seats could be won by women. That includes the race between American pimp Dennis Hof, owner of a half dozen legal brothels, who won the Republican nomination on Tuesday, and Democrat Lesia Romanov in the conservative-leaning 36th district.

The 21-seat state senate is expected to be about 50 percent female as well with a woman nominee (and sometimes 2 women nominees) in 7 of the 11 seats up this November. There are 4 women incumbents not up for reelection and local political observers expect there to be 9 to 11 women in the senate next year. Women aren’t expected to win every race to achieve parity, but they don’t need to.

“With the number of incumbents and open seats, it’s definitely possible,” Kelly Dittmar, a scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics and an assistant professor at Rutgers University-Camden, told VICE News. “It’d be the first time you’d see women at 50 percent across both chambers.”

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No state in American history has ever had a female-majority legislature, but that could change in November in Nevada where a record number of women — both Democrat and Republican — have been nominated to compete for open seats in the state house and senate.

There is at least one woman nominee in 30 of the 42 state assembly seat races this November and there is a mix of strong incumbents and open seats to make it so at least 21 seats could be won by women. That includes the race between American pimp Dennis Hof, owner of a half dozen legal brothels, who won the Republican nomination on Tuesday, and Democrat Lesia Romanov in the conservative-leaning 36th district.

The 21-seat state senate is expected to be about 50 percent female as well with a woman nominee (and sometimes 2 women nominees) in 7 of the

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