Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

The 2018 midterms were a historic night for women

The 2018 midterms were a historic night for women

That means at least 117 women will serve in the 116th Congress, up from the current 107.

Americans elected a record number of women to the U.S. House in the 2018 midterms. With some 80 percent of precincts reporting, Ocasio-Cortez has earned 79 percent of the vote, far outpacing the 13 percent going to her Republican rival. They will join four other female veterans now serving in Congress.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organiser who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress. The win was momentous for a number of reasons, not just that Democrats can now challenge Trump and the Republican party agenda.

Also in the Senate, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator.

She will also be the nation's first Somali-American elected to Congress: She was born in Somalia and spent much of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp during Somalia's civil war.

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.

America's first openly gay Governor, Jared Polis was elected to take the helms of Colorado, while Sharice Davids, became both the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas.

After some key Republican victories, Ingraham concluded that the reason Republicans were winning was that they've embraced President Trump, whereas the reason Democrats were losing was that they've become the party of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who was elected to Congress Tuesday.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, both Democrats, will be the first Muslim-American women to serve in the House.

Delmore said that many of these candidates adopted a new approach when campaigning for their various positions.

Polis is also the state's first Jewish governor.

Democrats won women's vote for Congress by 19 points, with 59 per cent voting Democrat and 40 per cent voting Republican - the largest margin seen in midterm exit polls, according to data from CNN.

Democrat women flipped MI and Kansas, defeating male Republican incumbents.

The Democrats may not have gotten quite the blue wave they were hoping for ー but for women in politics, Election Day was an indisputable success.

Of the women challenging for a new seat, one-third were successful. Women not only ran for office at an unprecedented rate, several knocked off white male incumbents during their party primaries.

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