Women, Muslims, Latinos & LGBT people win in US Midterm Elections

Women, Muslims, Latinos & LGBT people win in US Midterm Elections

Until now, the record high for women in the House was a total of 85.

"It was really on the shoulders of women voters that Democrats had the momentum to take back the House", she said.

Women in key swing districts across the country delivered congressional victories to the Democratic Party Tuesday, helping to shift the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives for the remaining two years of the Trump presidency.

The Associated Press reported that a record 237 women ran for the House of Representatives this year. 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. Most were considered long shots.

Over the course of history, there have been a number of men elected to Congress in their 20s, but not women.

Distinctive is the success of women of colour.

Omar, a Somali-American was once a refugee, while Tlaib is the first Pakistani-American woman in congress.

Omar's district has become increasingly foreign-born with now nearly 15 percent of the region being born outside of the U.S. As MPR News notes, more than 35 percent of the district is nonwhite and there are 22,000 more foreign-born residents living in the district since Rep. Keith Ellison - the first Muslim elected to Congress - was first elected in 2008.

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The former refugee, who won in Minnesota's left-leaning 5th Congressional District, defeated Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinksi.

How did the women challengers go?

"Particularly, they see the cost of not being at the table as greater than the cost of mounting the challenges".

"Though prominent figures like Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, failed to win their potentially historic elections, many candidates around the country became the first person of their gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation to be elected to their positions in their states, or in some cases, in the country".

It means that women are better represented. 65 of those are incumbent reps, with 31 newly elected women. Eight additional women will serve as governor in the U.S.

"Healthcare and clean drinking water in my state". "Work hard to encourage the next generation of women who follow!" That's in addition to the 10 female senators who were not up for re-election this year.

More women in office will likely blaze a trail for others to follow in the future - particularly those from non-traditional backgrounds.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks to supporters after she was declared the victor over former Gov. Phil Bredesen in their race for the U.S. Senate Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Franklin, Tenn.

"We have to temper our expectations a little bit", cautioned Dittmar.

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