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Scientists and science are on the ballot

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Science  16 Oct 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6514, pp. 283
DOI: 10.1126/science.370.6514.283

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Scientists running for Congress are no longer a novelty. But winning still is. The polls say chemist Nancy Goroff, a New York Democrat battling a Republican incumbent for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has a good chance of becoming the first female Ph.D. scientist to serve in Congress. But it may take a miracle for wildlife ecologist Merav Ben-David, a Democrat, to win an open Senate seat in Wyoming. The pair of professors joins several congressional candidates with scientific backgrounds who are competing for votes in the 3 November election, along with science-related initiatives in four states. Several first-term House members with technical training are also up for reelection.

  • With reporting by Rasha Aridi, Eli Cahan, and Rebekah Tuchscherer.

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