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Diversity wins the midterms. The women making history in 2018

Diversity wins the midterms. The women making history in 2018”

Women won more seats than ever before in the US House after a record number of female candidates were on ballots across the country, fueled by Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump.

More than 100 women were projected to win seats in the House of Representatives, easily shattering the record.

Democrat house candidate Sharice Davids reacts before speaking to supporters at a victory party in Olathe, Kan., Nov. 6, 2018.

- Political newcomer and self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated her Republican challenger, Anthony Pappas, on Tuesday, becoming the youngest woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

Women won big in the US midterm elections on Tuesday (November 6), with USA media predicting more than 100 women winning election or re-election in races across the country. They mobilised on the grassroots level and played larger roles as donors than in previous election cycles.

And 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.

In victory speeches across the country, women acknowledged the groundbreaking year. Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevy came out as gay while he was in office, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who is bisexual, won in 2016, but Jared Polis will be the first man to win a governorship as an out gay man. Polis has been in Congress since 2009.

"I didn't run because my election would be historic. The significance of history is not lost on me".

The number will nearly certainly end up being north of 100, as 14 races also remain undecided in which a woman is running against a man. Twenty-two states have never elected a woman as governor, and six states have female governors today.

Before Tuesday's elections, women made up a record 20% of Congress - 23% of the Senate and 19% of the House.

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own.

She said numerous women and minorities didn't want to be first or make history, but rather wanted change on issues important to them.

"This isn't just the year of the woman, this is the year of every woman", said Cecile Richards, who served as the president of Planned Parenthood for more than a decade, noting the groundbreaking diversity among the women who have run for office this year.

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

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar both became America's first Muslim women to sit in the House of Representatives. As of early Wednesday morning, 22 women were headed to the Senate.

Election Day brought some big and historic wins for Democrats across NY. Also in the Senate, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator. "And that's exactly what this is, not a campaign or an Election Day but a movement... for social, economic and racial justice".



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