Women, and Especially Women of Color, Made History Last Night

Max Rose in October 2018

The Associated Press reported that a record 237 women ran for the House of Representatives this year.

(5) Cindy Hyde-Smith won a plurality in MS and is heavily favored to win her runoff election to become the first woman ever elected to the US Senate from her state.

Jahana Hayes is the first black woman elected to represent CT in Congress. Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be serving Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, which includes areas in the northwestern part of the state.

Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress.

A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA.

Women now hold 96 out of the 435 House of Representative seats, a record number set on Tuesday night.

Going into the midterm elections, 19 per cent of the Governor, Senate and House seats were held by women.

Holtzman was also from NY, meaning the Empire State has sent the three youngest women to congress in the past half century.

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The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections.

Young women made their voices heard, as well, with two-thirds of voters younger than 30 voting for Democrats for Congress, compared with 32 per cent who voted for Republicans, according to exit polls.

Sylvia Garcia and Veronica Escobar are Texas' first Latina congresswomen.

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own.

Deb Haaland, also a Native American, was also elected a congresswoman. Democrats won the national election (despite important setbacks in the US Senate) because of women candidates and women voters. In New Jersey, Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevy, elected in 2001, had been outed as gay while in office.

In the first major race called Tuesday night, Lou Leon Guerrero was elected as Guam's governor, becoming the first woman to do so.

Along with many other left-wing, progressives, Hill jumped to Twitter to note that O'Rourke lost because many white women did not vote for him on November 6. Mills, now the state's attorney general, has won the governorship, checking another state off a long list that has never had a female chief executive.

She ran alongside Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, who beat Democrat Andrew Gillum in a high profile race that was one of the most closely watched nationally.

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