Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

All the Ways Democrats Made History on Tuesday

All the Ways Democrats Made History on Tuesday

This year's swing was, in large part, because of independent women, who voted for Democratic candidates for the House, 56 per cent to 39 per cent, as well as white women, who have started voting differently in recent years, according to CNN's exit poll data.

With most of the results now known, women in the USA have achieved a number of significant firsts and played a major role in shifting the figures in Congress. CT and MA each elected their first African American women into Congress.

Then there is 29 year old Abby Finkenauer (a few months older than Ocasio-Cortez), who defeated Republic incumbent Rep. Rod Blum in Iowa.

Diversity also won the day Tuesday with a record number of women of color headed to the halls of Congress. The win was momentous for a number of reasons, not just that Democrats can now challenge Trump and the Republican party agenda.

Omar, a Somali-American was once a refugee, while Tlaib is the first Pakistani-American woman in congress. Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy came out as gay while he was in office, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who is bisexual, won in 2016, but Jared Polis will be the first man to win a governorship as an out gay man. Polis has been in Congress since 2009.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever elected into Congress following her midterm election win Tuesday.

In rapid succession, the House got its first two Muslim women: Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib. They include veterans, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative, a teacher who grew up the daughter of a drug addict, a one-time bartender and dozens of first-time candidates.

In the House, 237 women were on the ballot as major-party candidates.

Deb Haaland, also a Native American, was also elected a congresswoman.

Three times as many women stood for the Democratic party as the Republican party - 211 for the Democrats and 64 for the Republicans.

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"When you talk about Democrats clinching control of the House, you have the women candidates to thank", Delmore said.

A majority of women identify as Democrats or lean Democratic at 56 percent, while 37 percent affiliate with or lean toward the GOP.

Around 80 per cent of the women candidates in this election were defending their seats, and around 70 per cent held them. Republican women like Kristi L. Noem and Marsha Blackburn, on the other hand, made history but were reluctant to mention their gender on the campaign trail, preferring to focus on issues.

Kate Brown, who is bisexual, became the first openly LGBT person elected governor in 2016 when she won her OR race.

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