Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

All the Ways Democrats Made History on Tuesday

All the Ways Democrats Made History on Tuesday

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

In elections for Congress, governorships and state legislatures alike, the number of women who ran outstripped previous years, as did the number of women nominated. We spoke with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about her plans for Congress. Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans.

After upsetting longtime incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in the district's June primary, Ocasio-Cortez defeated Republican Anthony Pappas, a St. John's University professor in the general election.

If more than 84 of those women candidates won on Tuesday, it would set a record for the number of women serving in the House. The win was momentous for a number of reasons, not just that Democrats can now challenge Trump and the Republican party agenda. New Mexico Democrat Deb Haaland and Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids were elected the first two Native American women to serve in Congress.

Ayanna Pressley became the first black woman to represent MA in Congress and will occupy the seat held by such lions as JFK and Tip O'Neill. In 2016, she became the first Somali-American legislator in the country.

Letitia James is the first black woman elected to a statewide office in NY. Flake is scheduled to give a talk at the Forbes 30 under 30 event in Boston after recently calling for a one week pause in the confirmation process to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation more time to investigate sexual assault allegations.

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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 the House, 96 women have reportedly won or are projected to win their races.

Texas, for example, had a chance to send its first Hispanic woman to Congress. In 2014, the most recent off-presidential midterm election year, Democrats won the U.S. House vote among women, even though Republicans overwhelmingly secured overall control of the chamber.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, congresswoman-elect for New York's 14th district.

For this wave of women leaders, the next few years are going to be about much more than stereotypical women's issues.

The vast majority of newly elected women are Democrats. In 1982, 58 per cent of women voted for Democrats and 41 per cent voted for Republicans.

VoteCast reported that more women voted for Democratic candidates than men. The share of women identifying as Democrats or leaning Democratic is up 4 percentage points since 2015 and is at one of its highest points since 1992.

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