America's pink wave: women win Congress record

08 November, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Now age 29, she has become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Elise Stefanik previously held the record when she was elected to Congress at age 30 in 2014.

With black candidates in several high-profile races - including gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum of Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia - voters nationally said by 71-24 percent it's important to elect more racial and ethnic minorities to public office and 44 percent say it's very important.

Progressive wunderkind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has won by a landslide in New York's 14th Congressional District.

Ilhan Omar, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will serve Minnesota's 5th District in the House.

■In Tennessee, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become that state's first woman senator. Tlaib also becomes the first Palestinian-American in Congress and Omar the first Somali-American.

Pressley's September win had assured her victory Tuesday night, with only the unlikely possibility of a write-in candidate to defeat her.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Boston University graduate who worked for the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, defeated Democratic US Representative Joe Crowley in a party primary earlier this year. Missouri's Claire McCaskill and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp were both vulnerable as Democrats in deep red states, and a lot of people are pointing to their votes against Brett Kavanaugh as what cost them their elections.

Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the House.

Brazilian left reels as country lurches right
Dubbed "the Trump of the Tropics", Bolsonaro is a hard-line politician who campaigned against crime and corruption . His ascendance to power is leading many to fear the future of democracy in Brazil is in danger.

She is also a fierce abortion opponent, with an A rating from the National Right to Life movement during her time in the House.

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

But with record numbers of women nominated for the house, the Senate and for Governor, Tuesday was always set to be a historic day for women.

"On the Democratic side, these races were viewed not only as a referendum on President Donald Trump, but also, in many cases, on his version of identity politics, which in its final days played to the fears of his base, a group that is largely white, male and Christian".

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. In 1982, 58 per cent of women voted for Democrats and 41 per cent voted for Republicans. As candidates, women broke the rules and upended conventional political wisdom.

Ayanna Pressley became the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives for MA - a state with that has a black population of only eight percent.

Haaland will replace New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who vacated the seat to run for governor.

Election Day brought some big and historic wins for Democrats across NY.

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