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These Women Made History in the Midterms

08 November, 2018, 06:31 | Author: Ted Wilson
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(5) Cindy Hyde-Smith won a plurality in MS and is heavily favored to win her runoff election to become the first woman ever elected to the US Senate from her state.

What is already the most diverse Congress ever will become even more so after Tuesday's elections, which broke barriers of race and gender.

With results still trickling in, at least 120 women will serve in Congress, a record 98 in the House of Representatives and 22 in the Senate, says the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

In the first major race called Tuesday night, Lou Leon Guerrero was elected as Guam's governor, becoming the first woman to do so.

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.

On Tuesday night Stevens, a 35-year old who served on Obama's Auto Task Force, won her race to represent Michigan's 11th district. About six in 10 voted for the Democrat, compared with four in 10 for the Republican.

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Nearly 80% of voters in a CNN exit poll said it's very or somewhat important that more women and racial minorities be elected to public office, with two-thirds of white voters agreeing. Underwood texted Stevens after she won her August primary (she also reminded her to clear her voicemail because it would fill up quickly.) "Keep fighting". Tallahassee, Florida Mayor Andrew Gillum lost to Ron DeSantis, shooting down hopes that the Sunshine State would elect their first Black governor.

There were 15 Democratic women running on Senate ballots along with eight Republicans.

Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo who was born in Winslow, Ariz., is a former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

The incoming class of lawmakers could have a stark impact on politics in the nation's capital, particularly within the Democratic Party, after a midterm election that was widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first term.

Omar will take the seat vacated by Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison opted to run for Minnesota attorney general this year.

The 2018 midterm election season saw a historic increase in progressive candidates of color, who galvanized supporters in statewide and local races around the United States. While stiff historical headwinds were blowing in Republicans' faces, the opposition correctly read the political needs of the moment and recruited an array of strong female candidates who were primed to exploit widespread suburban dissatisfaction with the president. The Democrat surged in the latter part of the year, polling neck and neck with Noem, but fell just short on Election Day. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control.

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