U.S. midterm elections broke barriers of race and gender

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 8, 2018

Nonwhites, women and college graduates all tend to vote more Democratic.

Women are also harder working.

"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 running for office this year.

A lawyer and former MMA fighter, Davids became the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas. Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans.

The "women's wave" included MA, where Democrat Ayanna Pressley was elected by Seventh District voters to be the first African-American woman to represent the state as a House member.

They mobilised on the grassroots level and played larger roles as donors than in previous election cycles. Men, by contrast, were more evenly divided in their vote.

Women have run in record numbers, and Native Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, millennials and LGBT candidates have already made history with their campaigns.

"We are the ones we've been waiting for!" Women hold 84 out of 435 House seats, a record number.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar both became America's first Muslim women to sit in the House of Representatives.

A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA.

New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will win her general election race easily and become the youngest woman ever in Congress, CNN has projected.

The vast majority of newly elected women are Democrats.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas. Wallace also suggested Ingraham was being hypocritical, saying that if she gives Republicans credit for keeping the Senate, she must also give the Democrats credit for flipping the House. Many female Democratic House candidates who prevailed on Election Day ran in opposition to Trump or his policies.

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

"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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