Sunday, 18 November, 2018

The candidates who made history at the 2018 USA midterm elections

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress Boston Globe via Getty Images Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress
Steven Clarke | 08 November, 2018, 14:14

IL state Rep. Juliana Stratton is the first black woman elected as IL lieutenant governor.

Overall, there was a record numbers of women nominated in the first place, following the record number who put their hand up to get involved.

Colorado voters chose Democratic US Representative Jared Polis to serve as their next governor, making him the first openly gay man to be elected to serve as the chief executive of a US state.

Another two Democrats made history as the first Latinas elected to Congress from Texas, a deeply red state.

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

At 29, staunch left-winger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and one of the youngest members ever. At least 95 women won seats in the House Wednesday morning, breaking a previous record of 84 women, NBC news reported. Among the new names joining Congress after Tuesday are a host of young, Muslim, Latin, immigrant, and LGBT canidadates.

Only one candidate for Congress this year is younger: Republican Morgan Murtaugh, who is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Susan Davis in San Diego, California.

Pressley said, "Now, listen, I know for a fact none of us ran to make history, we ran to make change".

US Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate
Congress: Ilhan Omar, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war, and Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit-born Palestinian-American. Having seized control of the House of Representatives, Democrats will get the chance to convert their rhetoric into action.

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. With the win, Rojas said, the progressive movement challenging the establishment of the Democratic Party has shown it "can unseat Democrats who are ideologically and demographically out-of-touch with their voters and forced Democratic elected across the country to stiffen their spines".

Her victory in the USA midterm elections on Monday makes her the youngest woman ever to win election to Congress.

MI attorney Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota won their races handily to become the first Muslim women elected to Congress, with Omar being the first Somali-American to join the ranks. U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn defeated the state's former Governor, Democrat Phil Bredesen.

There are more women in office now than ever before, and this is only the beginning.

While notable Republican successes include the first female senator elected from Tennessee and the first female governor of South Dakota, there are concerns that the overt Democrat disparity could fan the partisan divide.

In the Senate, female Democrats lost some important races.

"Though prominent figures like Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, failed to win their potentially historic elections, many candidates around the country became the first person of their gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation to be elected to their positions in their states, or in some cases, in the country".

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