Published: Wed, November 07, 2018

Women candidates make history in United States 2018 midterm elections

Women candidates make history in United States 2018 midterm elections

In defeating Democrat Phil Bredesen, GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator, MA sent the state's first black woman to Congress in Democrat Ayanna Pressley and Texas elected their first two Latinas to Congress, sending Democrats Veronica Escobar of El Paso and Sylvia Garcia of Houston to the House.

If fellow Native American Deb Haaland wins her congressional race in New Mexico, she will also take her place in history.

The surge of female candidates this year has drawn comparisons to the "Year of the Woman", when in 1992 voters sent 47 women to the House, and four women joined the Senate bringing women's numbers to six.

In split-gender races, women have won 65 races and lost 101, but this is not necessarily a strong indication of gender bias. According to data compiled by The Associated Press, 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates this year.

At that rate, we can expect the number of women in the House to go as high as about 110 when the 14 remaining face-offs are called.

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters and refuses to concede at her election night headquarters at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Nov. 6, 2018.

Former Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski, one of only two women in the Senate at the time of Hill's testimony, said women's outrage at Hill's treatment by an all-male Senate committee motivated them "to run in numbers never heard before".

Breaking records, progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won New York's 14th Congressional District becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Speaking at a victory part in Washington, Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi said: "Tomorrow will be a new day in America".


The first black woman elected to represent MA in Congress is Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley, who faced no Republican on Tuesday. Davids was up against incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder.

"We've had the "Year of the Woman" before and it has been a one-night sensation, but this is about filling the pipeline", she said.

"It may be women candidates who save our enthusiasm advantage by mobilizing women voters", Lake said.

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.

In the 115th Congress, 11 states - Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, South Carolina and Kentucky - had no women in their congressional delegations.

Ocasio-Cortez defeated New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary election earlier this year.

For the first time, a pair of Native American congresswomen are headed to the House, in addition to two Muslim congresswoman. And Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be Connecticut's first black congresswoman.

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will become the first Muslim women in Congress. We spoke with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about her plans for Congress.

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