Women and diversity win big in historic state and local elections

Women and diversity win big in historic state and local elections

ME and South Dakota also elected their first female governors with Janet Mills and Kristi Noem, respectively.

The number of women running for election in this year's United States mid term elections was at an all-time high, and an unprecedented number ended up winning. Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans.

Diversity also won the day Tuesday with a record number of women of color headed to the halls of Congress.

"The more Americans who vote, the more our elected leaders look like America", said former president Barack Obama, praising the record number of women, a surge in minority lawmakers and record voter turnout. In addition, at least 13 women won Senate seats.

MI governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday attributed her success and that of other women to outworking their opponents and "staying focused on the dinner table issues that really matter to families".

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was elected to congress Tuesday night, which came as no surprise to anyone since she was running in a reliably Democrat district.

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.

She'll be joined by Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib - also a Muslim and the first Palestinian-American to serve Congress.

In fact, the number of Republican women in Congress, at latest count, will decline in the next session. Flake is scheduled to give a talk at the Forbes 30 under 30 event in Boston after recently calling for a one week pause in the confirmation process to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation more time to investigate sexual assault allegations.


Comparing how many of each party's women candidates won their seats, the Democratic women were more successful, particularly in the Senate and House races.

Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico won their races, becoming the first Native American women in Congress. Davids racked up another distinction as the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas.

These new records represent the culmination of a record-setting year for female candidates.

First female Muslim members of Congress: There are two women who won seats to become the first female Muslim members of Congress - Rashida Tlaib in MI and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota.

The last time New York Rep. Joe Crowley faced a primary challenge, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a teenager.

Delmore said that many of these candidates adopted a new approach when campaigning for their various positions.

The last time women voted for Democrats anywhere near that margin was more than 30 years ago.

The Associated Press reported that a record 237 women ran for the House of Representatives this year. The share of women identifying as Democrats or leaning Democratic is up 4 percentage points since 2015 and is at one of its highest points since 1992.

Related Articles

  • Fox News doesn't condone Hannity speaking at Trump rally

    Fox News doesn't condone Hannity speaking at Trump rally

    Hannity went onstage at the Trump rally after tweeting earlier in the day that he was just there to interview the president. It wasn't clear what exactly the woman was treated for, but she was described in news reports as "elderly".
    US Slams Iran with Crippling Sanctions over Weapons Programs

    US Slams Iran with Crippling Sanctions over Weapons Programs

    Even China, locked in a bitter trade war with the United States, bowed to pressure from Washington and dialled back imports. Iran can only use this money for humanitarian trade or bilateral non-sanctioned goods, the Secretary of State asserted.
    Cameroon child hostages released by kidnappers

    Cameroon child hostages released by kidnappers

    The government and separatists in the English-speaking region have been accusing each other of being behind the kidnapping. In the video, the kidnappers force several young male students to give their names and the names of their parents.
  • Amazon is planning to split its new headquarters between two cities

    Amazon is planning to split its new headquarters between two cities

    Amazon has been actively seeking a location for its second headquarters in North America for over a year. The neighborhood features a concentration of high rise offices, hotels and residential buildings.
    Whitaker was campaign chairman for Mueller witness

    Whitaker was campaign chairman for Mueller witness

    Sessions also touted the Justice Department's efforts to address crime, immigration, and the opioid crisis, among other issues. Trump on Wednesday threatened Democrats over the possibility of new investigations, saying he'd take a "warlike posture".
    We can now focus on Manchester United: Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri

    We can now focus on Manchester United: Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri

    Probable lineup (4-3-2-1): Cragno; Srna, Ceppitelli, Pisacane, Padoin; Barella, Bradaric, Ionita; Castro, Pedro; Pavoletti . Even Cristiano Ronaldo with his giant ego has to acknowledge Lionel Messi .
  • Fans call Diablo Immortal Game Franchise A Slap In The Face

    Fans call Diablo Immortal Game Franchise A Slap In The Face

    The conclusion that we can draw from this is that Blizzard messed up in their presentation. William Ding, Chief Executive Officer and Director of NetEase.
    China to kick off its first International Import Expo

    China to kick off its first International Import Expo

    Organisers of the expo say more than 3,000 foreign companies from 130 countries, including the U.S. , are present. In a speech that lasted more than half an hour, President Xi promised that he will cut tariffs .
    Trump, Xi Speak Over Phone On Trade Issues

    Trump, Xi Speak Over Phone On Trade Issues

    That tripartite agreement, Kudlow said, was very important, as it laid out the brief against non-market economies, such as China. They also agreed to meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the end of the month.
  • DE  escapes 50-store closing move by Lowe's

    DE escapes 50-store closing move by Lowe's

    Lowe's expects to close the impacted stores by February 1, 2019, which is the end of the company's 2018 fiscal year. Lowe's expects to close the impacted stores by the end of the company's 2018 fiscal year (Feb. 1, 2019).
    Viktoria Plzen v Real Madrid: Case for Solari appointment will grow

    Viktoria Plzen v Real Madrid: Case for Solari appointment will grow

    Real Madrid have two of the world's few best goalkeepers and choosing only one is a headache for every manager. However, it's not just all about the goals, you've got to be a good footballer to be a good striker.
    Livescore from Champions League Group B fixture

    Livescore from Champions League Group B fixture

    A draw against Inter will guarantee qualification from Group B while victory would secure top spot, with two games still to spare. Barca were without a win in four league games and defensive errors looked set to play havoc with their title challenge.