Primary elections took place across the country on Tuesday and a few primary victories are drawing particular attention, including that of Rachel Crooks, who won Ohio’s Democratic House primary — and may become the first Trump accuser to get elected to office.
Crooks, who is among the women accusing President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, won the Democratic nomination for a seat in Ohio’s House of Representatives and many are readily discussing the significant implications her victory could have on the 2018 midterm elections.
Crooks, the director of international student recruitment at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, claims that Trump kissed her without her consent in the lobby of Trump Tower in 2005, when she worked as a receptionist in the building.
“It was so inappropriate,” she told The New York Times in October 2016. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
Crooks now faces incumbent Rep. Bill Reineke (R). She said she hopes to gain momentum from female empowerment ― an unprecedented number of women are running for office this year.
“Women are uniting,” Crooks told Cosmopolitan magazine this year. “The momentum is now. I want to be part of it.”
A total of 19 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct in claims that range from the early 1980s to 2013. Trump has denied every accusation.
As noted by the Washington Post, the Ohio district that Crooks seeks to represent tends to be conservative. However, Crooks certainly still stands a chance for victory, as the district voted for Barack Obama in both presidential elections. Moreover, Crooks seems to have an unprecedented level of support — something which could certainly help her secure a historic victory in November.