Women win big in U.S. midterm elections 2018

Geneva Stokes
November 8, 2018

The first black woman elected to represent MA in Congress is Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley, who faced no Republican on Tuesday.

Voters in two states also elected the country's first Muslim women to the House: Rashida Tlaib, a former state legislator running in Detroit, and Ilhan Omar, a state legislator running in Minneapolis.

■In Texas, Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia both won their House races, becoming the first Hispanic women from their state to serve in Congress. Escobar will serve the Sixteenth District, while Garcia will represent the Twenty-Ninth District.

Tennessee gained the state's first woman in the Senate as Marsha Blackburn defeated former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Georgia governor's race candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, and Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum was bidding to become the first black governor of Florida.

For starters, this will be the most female Congress in history, with at least 117 out of 535 seats held by women - and of those, 98 will be Democrats. She did not face a challenger in the general election, making her the first black member of the House of Representatives from MA. As EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock points out to BuzzFeed News, this incoming class of women will include the youngest (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29) and the oldest (Donna Shalala, 77) in its ranks. Although the House of Representatives fell under control of the Democrats, many were disappointed at the lack of greater electoral successes. "And make no mistake about it, we are the defenders of our democracy". On Tuesday, James won her seat for New York State Attorney General.

Women made history in the 2018 midterm elections.

In Colorado, Jared Polis will be the country's first openly gay man elected governor. Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas.

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Many on the left saw this and the deflation of the "blue wave" as evidence that white women were not pulling their weight at the polling booth to help their progressive vision come to fruition.

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

Tuesday's record wins for women happened not only in congressional races but all the way down the ballot, which could later set them up to run for higher office in the future.

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.

"On the Democratic side, these races were viewed not only as a referendum on President Donald Trump, but also, in many cases, on his version of identity politics, which in its final days played to the fears of his base, a group that is largely white, male and Christian".

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. Several were first-time candidates.

Conventional political wisdom says that every election is the most important election of your life, and if you're one of the women below, then this midterm election really was the biggest possible deal. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control.

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