They call it The Hillary Effect.
For two years since Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million and lost the election by 77 electoral votes, she has been telling women to run for office — and they have, in record numbers, in the hundreds, spurred in part by her loss as well as Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency.
In Pennsylvania, there has not been a woman representative in Congress since 2015, when Allyson Schwartz left her seat in the 13th District to run for governor. Prior to Schwartz, there had only been seven women in the U.S. Congress from Pennsylvania — ever. Now, there are eight on the ballot.