Women elected to House in record numbers

Leroy Wright
November 7, 2018

A swath of candidates broke down barriers with victories in Tuesday's midterm elections - sending seismic shifts through the halls of Congress and across state-level contests.

A record number of women were elected to the US House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated a little-known Republican opponent Tuesday in a congressional district representing part of New York City and, at 29, could become the youngest woman elected to Congress.

The surge of female candidates this year has drawn comparisons to the "Year of the Woman", when in 1992 voters sent 47 women to the House, and four women joined the Senate bringing women's numbers to six.

Republican Marsha Blackburn won a gruelling, expensive contest to become the first female USA senator from Tennessee. "Right now, the economy is controlled by big corporations whose profits are dependent on the continuation of climate change", she said during the campaign. Bob Corker, a frequent Trump critic.

America's first openly gay Governor, Jared Polis was elected to take the helms of Colorado, while Sharice Davids, became both the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas.

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Liberal co-host Juan Williams said on the same show Thursday that Winfrey would help with a key demographic: white suburban women. Hollywood liberals have come out in full force to campaign for Stacey Abrams , the Democratic nominee for governor in Georgia.

In Michigan, Muslim Rashida Tlaib from Detroit won the congressional seat long held by Democratic John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers.

For the first time, a pair of Native American congresswomen are headed to the House, in addition to two Muslim congresswoman.

For the first time, the US Congress will have Muslim women - and two of them. In the race, Haaland faced Republican candidate Janice Arnold-Jones and Libertarian Party candidate Lloyd Princeton. Tallahassee, Florida Mayor Andrew Gillum lost to Ron DeSantis, shooting down hopes that the Sunshine State would elect their first Black governor. Holtzman held that distinction for 42 years until Stefanik was elected. The victory made her the national face of young, discontented Democrats - often women and minorities - trying to move their party to the left. She became a progressive star after her upset primary victory over Rep. Joseph Crowley, a high-ranking House Democrat. During the campaign, the Republican acknowledged the historic potential of her candidacy, but preferred to focus on issues rather than gender. Twenty-two states have never elected a woman as governor, and six states have female governors today.

Now there are 84 women serving in the House of Representatives, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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

The running tally included at least a dozen Republicans - among them Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Washington and Republican Carol Miller in West Virginia - and at least 80 Democrats.

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