Midterms Usher Wave Of Young, Democratic Women Of Color Into House

Midterms Usher Wave Of Young, Democratic Women Of Color Into House

Midterms Usher Wave Of Young, Democratic Women Of Color Into House

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas.

Arizona's race is still too close to call, but either way, the state will be sending its first woman to the Senate (Democrat Kyrsten Sinema or Republican Martha McSally.) Marsha Blackburn is Tennessee's first female senator, despite Taylor Swift's endorsement of her Democratic opponent, and by electing Jacky Rosen, Nevada became the fifth state to have two female senators.

This year's United States midterm elections have already made history, with a record number of women, Native Americans, and Muslim candidates running for office.

Rashida Tlaib is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will represent Michigan's 13th Congressional District.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organiser who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress. In Maine, Democrat Janet Mills will become the state's first woman governor, and in South Dakota, Republican Kristi Noem will be the first women to lead the state.

Female candidates won congressional seats and governorships in record numbers Tuesday night.

Texas has elected its first Hispanic woman to Congress, with Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia winning their house seats. And even though a Republican Senate means that women Democrats in the House are unlikely to pass any major legislation, "I think the women will be better positioned from the perspective of stopping bad things from happening", says Walsh.

Polis won the race for Colorado governor and will become the first openly gay man to enter a governor's mansion anywhere in America. And although she has some age on Ocasio-Cortez - she's turning 30 in December - Finkenauer is still one of the youngest people ever elected to the House.

Jahana Hayes similarly will join the freshman class as Connecticut's first black female representative.


Sharice Davids became one of the first Native American members of Congress. Davids, an attorney and advocate, will represent Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, which covers eastern Kansas and includes Kansas City.

CNN projected at the same time that eight women - four incumbents and four non-incumbents - would win gubernatorial races.

The Hawkeye State has never sent a woman to the House - until now.

Democrat Mike Espy, who will face Mississippi Republican Representative Cindy Hyde-Smith in a December runoff, could become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction.

These wins were mostly fueled by the Democratic Party, which put a record numbers of women on the ballot.

In response to these posts, many felt that these comments were not only racially charged, but they were anti-feminist because they essentially relay that white women aren't capable of voting for issues that are important to women.

The historic totals capped off a campaign season in the wake of President Donald Trump's election that was defined in large part by female activism.

The gains among women on Capitol Hill come as potential Democratic candidates for president are already taking steps to challenge Trump, several prominent female Democrats among them.

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