Women in Congress breaks record with 2018 midterm elections

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Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated a little-known Republican opponent Tuesday in a congressional district representing part of New York City and, at 29, could become the youngest woman elected to Congress.

Women won more seats than ever before in the US House after a record number of female candidates were on ballots across the country, fueled by Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump.

The Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University announced that at least 92 women emerged victorious in House races, surpassing the previous record of 84 set in 2013, and at least 38 women of color won, breaking the previous record of 34.

Women are more likely than men to vote in both presidential and congressional midterm elections across all ethnicities, according to Dittmar's research and polling data. The charge was led mostly by Democratic women whose victories all but ensure a US House that is younger and more diverse.

The vote comes almost two years after women marched on Washington in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

When she won the primary, she denounced President Donald Trump as "a racist, misogynistic, truly empathy-bankrupt man". He also holds right-leaning views on gun control and abortion, which helped in a solid-red state. Candidates like Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton in Virginia, Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey, and Angie Craig in Minnesota helped the party win Republican-held seats in the suburbs.

Also, female voters increased their support for Democratic candidates, according to a Reuters /Ipsos Election Day poll.

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A swath of candidates broke down barriers with victories in Tuesday's midterm elections - sending seismic shifts through the halls of Congress and across state-level contests.

Democratic senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota lost their races, while Republican representative Marsha Blackburn became the first woman elected to the US Senate from Tennessee.

The lopsided victory for Ocasio-Cortez is hardly a surprise, given the deep blue nature of her Brooklyn district.

In a win for the Republicans, Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn has become the first female senator in the state. Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS is heading to a run-off election later this month.

The number will nearly certainly end up being north of 100, as 14 races also remain undecided in which a woman is running against a man.

IL state Rep. Juliana Stratton is the first black woman elected as IL lieutenant governor. In all, 237 were candidates for the House, including 185 Democrats and 52 Republicans. After eight years in the US House, she was one of the rare high-profile Republican women seeking a promotion in a campaign year defined more by the enthusiasm of Democratic women and the proliferation of Democratic female candidates.

"We know more women will be going to Congress. and there will be sisters waiting for them who will lift them up".

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