How Women Candidates Changed American Politics in 2018

How Women Candidates Changed American Politics in 2018

The midterm elections saw women securing historic firsts around the country, from the first Native American women to join the House of Representatives to Tennessee electing a woman to the Senate for the first time.

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.

Ocasio-Cortez, 28, became an overnight sensation this summer after her upset primary defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent who was the No. 4 Democrat in the House.

Regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.

■In Tennessee, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become that state's first woman senator.

A record number of women are projected to win seats in the House in a massive night for female candidates across the political spectrum. He hadn't had a challenger in 14 years, and now, a democratic socialist in favor of Medicare for all, a Green New Deal, and abolishing ICE, who happens to be 29-years-old, represents the 14th Congressional District of NY. (Republicans retained control of the Senate.) This means we might see Trump's tax returns after all, and we'll likely not have to go through another Affordable Care Act repeal in the next two years.




Georgia candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, while Democrat Andrew Gillum narrowly lost his bid to become the first black governor of Florida. As EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock points out to BuzzFeed News, this incoming class of women will include the youngest (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29) and the oldest (Donna Shalala, 77) in its ranks.

Some of Tuesday's black female pioneers, like IL nurse and Democrat Lauren Underwood and CT teacher and Democrat Jahana Hayes, were first-time candidates. Sharice Davids, who won a House seat in a conservative Kansas district, is an openly gay Native American lawyer with a background in mixed martial arts fighting. South Dakota Republican US Representative Kristi Noem and Maine Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills were both elected to serve as governors of their home states. Until now, the record high for women in the House was a total of 85.

White women have been a target of attack by progressives all year, but many such complaints surfaced during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was falsely accused of sexual harassment in October.

Beyond the Bay State, voters in other states picked Native American and immigrant women as their representatives. There was a mix of people of all ages (including one girl genuinely thrilled to be spending her fourth birthday at the event), but overwhelmingly, the staff and volunteers and interns and supporters were young people, many of whom were engaging in politics for the first time and were so excited to be there, and so proud of the work they put in. Their lesson from the last election was that "if Donald Trump is president, anybody can be president so I should run too, for at least Congress or state legislature".

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas.

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