'Year of the Woman,' Republican Edition

Howard TerryNov 08, 2018

Democracy Now! was there with The Intercept for our special election broadcast. She's the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Yahoo News said.

In Florida, 77-year-old Democrat Donna Shalala is starting a career in the US House of Representatives after winning a district that has always been in Republican hands. Democratic women flipped three Republican-held seats: Mary Lou Scanlon, Chrissy Houlahan, Susan Wild, and Madeleine Dean won an open seat.

It was the culmination of two years of anger, frustration and activism driven by women appalled by Donald Trump's election and presidency.

Voters in two states also elected the country's first Muslim women to the House: Rashida Tlaib, a former state legislator running in Detroit, and Ilhan Omar, a state legislator running in Minneapolis.

"I am so honoured to share both the ballot and the stage with the many visionary, bold women who have raised their hand to run for public office", said Ayanna Pressley, who became the first black woman elected to Congress from MA.

Rising left-wing rock star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history on Tuesday, November 6, as the youngest woman elected to Congress, in a safe Democratic Party stronghold in New York, US media projected.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis handily defeated Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton in the Colorado governor's race Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay man to be elected governor in the United States.

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.

The gains among women on Capitol Hill come as potential Democratic candidates for president are already taking steps to challenge Trump, several prominent female Democrats among them.

The last time women voted for Democrats anywhere near that margin was more than 30 years ago. 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. Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas. She and Hayes are the first black women elected to congress from New England.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won House races in Texas, making them the first Latina women to ever represent the state.

Crowley was the No. 4 Democrat in the House and seen as a potential speaker one day.

This cycle, the first since the defeat of the first female major party presidential candidate, many women ran without being asked. Twenty-two states have never elected a woman as governor, and six states have female governors today. The data showed that this year, white women split their vote between Democratic and Republican candidates for the House, but they preferred Republican candidates in 2010 and 2014.

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