Science ( IF 41.845 ) Pub Date : 2020-10-16 , DOI: 10.1126/science.370.6514.283 Jeffrey Mervis
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.