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Women Played ‘Pivotal’ Role in Shifting House to the Democrats

08 November 2018

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

Many of them have made history- such as the first two Muslim American women elected to Congress, the first Native American women elected to Congress and the first woman senators for their states. Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans.

Ocasio-Cortez' victory over Republican Anthony Pappas, an economics professor, had been widely expected since the Democratic primary in June, when she scored an unanticipated upset over 10-term U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley.

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

Last night, Donna Brazille, a strategist on CNN said a record number of 38 women of color will be serving in Congress (35 Democrats, three Republicans). White women are increasingly being discounted as "women" in the feminist movement merely because so many of them still vote for Republican candidates.

The 2018 elections marked the first time voters went to the polls nationwide since Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. In elections for Congress, governorships and state legislatures alike, the number of women who ran outstripped previous years, as did the number of women nominated.

A lawyer and former MMA fighter, Davids became the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, could be the youngest woman elected to Congress, and represented a surge of Democrats challenging more senior and established members of the party.

According to Guardian, winners of seats in the House include Latina congresswomen from Texas, the Democrats' Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, while Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI will be the first Muslim congresswomen. There are six women governors, and the record is nine, which was reached in 2004 and 2007.

In the House, 237 women were on the ballot as major-party candidates.

MI governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday attributed her success and that of other women to outworking their opponents and "staying focused on the dinner table issues that really matter to families". Voters in Colorado also elected the nation's first-ever openly gay man to lead their state Tuesday. Many female Democratic House candidates who prevailed on Election Day ran in opposition to Trump or his policies.

And that was just one room among countless more across the country with the same energy.

That's a big part of the story of 2018: many demographic groups swinging far more Democratic than they did in 2014, a wave year for Republicans.

Women Played ‘Pivotal’ Role in Shifting House to the Democrats