New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

Share

"Work hard to encourage the next generation of women who follow!"

Voters in Kansas chose Democrat Sharice Davids - she'll be the first Native American Congresswoman. BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 01: Boston City Councilor and Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley speaks at a rally calling on Sen. For example, the next Congress will feature a record number of women of color, as well as a record number of non-incumbent women, according to the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics. And the vast majority of them ran as Democrats helping to give the Democratic Party control of the House.

Progressive insurgent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, who overtook goliath Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York's 14th Congressional District in a stunning upset, became the youngest woman elected to Congress in the nation's history.

At least 99 women will represent Americans in the House, surpassing the previous record of 84.

If Deb Haaland won her congressional race in New Mexico, she would become the first Native American woman elected to Congress and if Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won in Arizona, she would become the country's first openly bisexual senator.

Pressley said, "Now, listen, I know for a fact none of us ran to make history, we ran to make change". While stiff historical headwinds were blowing in Republicans' faces, the opposition correctly read the political needs of the moment and recruited an array of strong female candidates who were primed to exploit widespread suburban dissatisfaction with the president.

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

More news: Steelers Could Tag Le'Veon Bell At QB Number In 2019

In rapid succession, the House got its first two Muslim women: Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib. Research shows that women are more likely to raise policies related to women's health and family than men. In 1982, 58 per cent of women voted for Democrats and 41 per cent voted for Republicans.

While notable Republican successes include the first female senator elected from Tennessee and the first female governor of South Dakota, there are concerns that the overt Democrat disparity could fan the partisan divide.

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.

Another important trend from this year's exits (and any year's) is how gender interacts with race and education.

Nearly 80% of voters in a CNN exit poll said it's very or somewhat important that more women and racial minorities be elected to public office, with two-thirds of white voters agreeing.

Lou Leon Guerrero from the US territory of Guam the first female governor elected on Tuesday keeping the female wave going in the midterm elections.

Share