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Wyoming, SD earn high grades for electing women to US House

A new study says Wyoming and South Dakota earn A grades for electing women to the U.S. House of Representatives over the past 25 years.

The political website Smart Politics gives Wyoming an A-plus for electing a woman to the U.S. House in 10 consecutive elections. South Dakota earned an A for electing a woman to the House six consecutive times.

In Wyoming, Republican Barbara Cubin was elected in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006. Then Republican Cynthia Lummis won in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

In South Dakota, Democrat Stephanie Herseth Sandlin won twice in 2004 (a special election to fill the unexpired term of Rep. Bill Janklow and then in the general election), 2006 and 2008 until she was defeated in 2010 by Republican Kristi Noem. Noem was re-elected in 2012. She is running again in 2014 against another Democratic woman, Corinna Robinson.

According to Smart Politics, Wyoming has elected a woman to the House 76.9 percent of the time in the past 25 years while second place South Dakota has elected a woman in almost half the races at 46.2 percent of the elections.

Other Northern Plains states did not approach Wyoming's and South Dakota's head-of-the-class grades for electing female U.S. Representatives. Minnesota received a C, while Nebraska, Montana, Iowa and North Dakota sit in the back of the class with Fs, according to Smart Politics' grading system.