Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

United States midterm elections: Barrier-busting winners set to shake up Congress

United States midterm elections: Barrier-busting winners set to shake up Congress

Female candidates won congressional seats and governorships in record numbers Tuesday night.

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.

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.

In split-gender races, women have won 65 races and lost 101, but this is not necessarily a strong indication of gender bias. The House candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley of NY, who is expected to lose her race, made history as the first woman to spend federal campaign funds on childcare.

"This is a pretty exciting time because we will increase our numbers drastically and what I want for those women, I want them to serve in the majority on the Democratic side", said Mrs Pelosi of California.

More than 100 women were projected to win seats in the House of Representatives, easily shattering the record.

Republican Marsha Blackburn won a gruelling, expensive contest to become the first female U.S. senator from Tennessee.

Breaking records, progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won New York's 14th Congressional District becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

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On Tuesday, she trounced Republican opponent Anthony Pappas in her constituency, a Democratic stronghold in a diverse part of Queens and the Bronx, US media reported. A 29-year-old Latina will be the youngest woman to serve in the US House.

"It may be women candidates who save our enthusiasm advantage by mobilizing women voters", Lake said.

A record number of women were elected to the US House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Democrats were galvanized by #MeToo movement, which helped attract female voters and recruit more women to run for office.

In the 115th Congress, 11 states - Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, South Carolina and Kentucky - had no women in their congressional delegations. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds - from military veterans to teachers - and many had never run for office before.

On Tuesday, at least two of those states sent women to Congress. Pennsylvania elected four women to the House, and Oklahoma elected one when Democrat Kendra Horn won an upset victory against a Republican incumbent.

Amid a wave of female candidates running for office, Tlaib scored a victory in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, setting her up to be the first Muslim-American woman in Congress.

Pressley, a Democrat and Boston city councilwoman, will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress. Pressley stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and ran unopposed in the general.

Democrats Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

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