Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Women, and Especially Women of Color, Made History Last Night

Women, and Especially Women of Color, Made History Last Night

Colorado voters delivered a historic win Tuesday with Rep. Jared Polis projected to be the country's first openly gay male governor.

In elections for Congress, governorships and state legislatures alike, the number of women who ran outstripped previous years, as did the number of women nominated.

We've been talking about the good and the bad of yesterday's election, and there sure is a lot of both, but one great thing we can't stop celebrating is the incredible number of women elected to office. BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 01: Boston City Councilor and Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley speaks at a rally calling on Sen.

He hadn't had a challenger in 14 years, and now, a democratic socialist in favor of Medicare for all, a Green New Deal, and abolishing ICE, who happens to be 29-years-old, represents the 14th Congressional District of NY.

Women now hold 96 out of the 435 House of Representative seats, a record number set on Tuesday night.

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. Iowa has sent women to the Senate and governor's mansions, but never to the House of Representatives.

Tlaib ran unopposed in her race to represent Michigan's 17th district and has become the nation's first Palestinian-American woman in Congress, and one of two Muslim women elected on Tuesday.

Ayanna Pressley became the first black woman elected to Congress from MA.

Sharice Davids, congresswoman-elect for Kansas' 3rd district.Deb Haaland, congresswoman-elect for New Mexico's 1st district. 65 of those are incumbent reps, with 31 newly elected women.

"We know more women will be going to Congress. and there will be sisters waiting for them who will lift them up".

"When you talk about Democrats clinching control of the House, you have the women candidates to thank", Delmore said.

American voters have elected many men in their 20s to Congress, but Ocasio-Cortez could become the youngest woman to join the House.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory in the June congressional primary in NY shook up Washington and the Democratic Party.

That's a big part of the story of 2018: many demographic groups swinging far more Democratic than they did in 2014, a wave year for Republicans. According to exit polls, they were about evenly split this year, with 50 percent choosing Democrats, compared to 48 percent who chose Republicans. There are more women in office now than ever before, and this is only the beginning.

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