Women, Muslims, Latinos & LGBT people win in US Midterm Elections

The Guardian

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.

"Enjoy the feeling, because you DID IT!" In successfully overtaking the incumbent in the state's 3rd Congressional District, Davids also becomes Kansas's first openly LGBT candidate to win a major office. "We hadn't had a primary election in 14 years, and I feel like we can be better". Stevens texted Underwood last month.

Pressley, 44, was a shoo-in to win with no Republican on the ballot.

A number of women have also achieved significant firsts in their states, including Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia who become the first Latina Congresswomen in Texas, and Alyanna Pressley from MA, becoming her state's first black representative in Congress. In Georgia, the race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams - who is vying to be the first black woman governor in the US - and Republican Brian Kemp remains too close to call.

But numerous toughest House races were won by women who were taking their first foray into electoral politics.

This year's swing was, in large part, because of independent women, who voted for Democratic candidates for the House, 56 per cent to 39 per cent, as well as white women, who have started voting differently in recent years, according to CNN's exit poll data. Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, ousted Tea Party Republican Dave Brat in Virginia. "Now it's people of every imaginable ethnicity and many, many more women".

But what will more women in office mean? Others included Rep. Marsha Blackburn, running for Senate in Tennessee, and Rep. Martha McSally, who sought to replace retiring Sen.

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There was also a historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won House races in Texas, making them the first Latina women to ever represent the state.

"When it comes to women of color candidates, folks don't just talk about a glass ceiling - what they describe is a concrete one".

Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the House. Women led the opposition to the GOP plan to kill the ACA.

"We've had years of the woman before".

Both rode a rising wave of pro-woman sentiment to Washington as the party embraced diversity and liberal politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era. Democrat women flipped MI and Kansas, defeating male Republican incumbents.

Polis campaigned on universal health, renewable energy standards and publicly-funded early childhood education, and vowed to stand up to President Trump's work to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. "Women get more bills passed, their bills have more cosponsorships than their male counterparts, women in general are more progressive".

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