Women win congressional races across US in record numbers

Max Rose in October 2018

In a midterm election cycle heralded as the "Year of the Woman" because of the record number of female candidates for office and the surging #MeToo movement, women delivered a generally harsh verdict regarding Trump's first two years in office.

Democrats Sharice Davids (left), a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and Deb Haaland (right), a member of New Mexico's Laguna Pueblo people are the first Indigenous women in Congress. Davids is also the first openly LGBTQ+ person to represent Kansas in Congress.

Meanwhile, at 31, Democrat Lauren Underwood also won her race to become a Congresswoman.

Democrat Lauren Underwood will represent Illinois' 14th congressional district, a seat that's historically gone to Republicans.

Jahana Hayes is the first black woman elected to represent CT in Congress. Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be serving Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, which includes areas in the northwestern part of the state.

Several will represent districts that are majority white and that have been historically conservative, their victories a rejection of conventional wisdom on electability and the effects of gerrymandering that have historically assigned elected officials of colour to represent minority communities. Before this election we had zero, not one member of an 18-seat congressional delegation that was a woman. As of Wednesday, at least 100 won their House races, easily beating the old record of 84.

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Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. The news conference participants called on Obama to "go bold and go big" and to use his executive authority to reform immigration if Congress could not get the job done. The spotlight in the midterm elections was stolen by female candidates as a lot of them ran for office. About 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat in the race, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican candidate. Back in 2009, she was also the first woman of color to be elected to the Boston City Council.

She became a progressive star after her upset primary victory over Republican Joseph Crowley, a high-ranking House Democrat.

Not fewer than 98 women have been projected to be elected to the House of Representatives, 84 Democrats, 14 Republicans, and 12 predicted to join the Senate, 10 Democrats, two Republicans, the United States news media, ABC News, reports. Almost all of those women senators are Democrats. Polis, who declared victory late Tuesday night, has always been outspoken in favour of marijuana legalisation.

In Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis became the first openly gay man elected governor.

■In Tennessee, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become that state's first woman senator. In the early exit polls, nonwhites accounted for 29 percent of voters nationally, surpassing the previous record of 25 percent in 2014, which includes 12 percent blacks and 12 percent Hispanics.

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