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Science  23 Feb 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6378, pp. 860-863
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6378.860

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There is a historic groundswell of candidates with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who are running for elective office this year. Almost all are Democrats energized by what they regard as a rising antiscience sentiment pervading Washington, D.C. At the federal level, at least 60 such people are bidding for a seat in Congress, according to 314 Action, a nonprofit advocacy group that encourages scientists to engage in politics. The candidates for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives include a physicist who spent 2 decades at a prominent national laboratory, a clinical oncologist at a top-rated cancer center, a former chemistry professor at a 4-year state college, a geologist trying to document every aspect of a tiny piece of the Mojave Desert, and a postdoctoral bioengineering fellow. All of them are novice politicians, and at the top of a long list of things to learn is how to raise enough money to fuel a viable campaign.