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

Saul Bowman
November 8, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez shocked many in NY politics, including herself, when she came out of nowhere to defeat 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic congressional primary last spring. Republicans retained control of the Senate.

Democrat Mike Espy, who will face Mississippi Republican Representative Cindy Hyde-Smith in a December runoff, could become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction. Women poured into grass-roots groups determined to regain Democratic control of Congress and flooded organizations that trained them to run for office. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., lost her re-election race. According to VoteCast, women voted considerably more in favour of their congressional Democratic candidate.

"We've had years of the woman before".

But several prominent women were also defeated - Sen.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats who is considering the 2020 race, said that the two years since Trump ascended to the White House had ushered a new generation of women into public life. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state.

This is viewer supported news. Republican Morgan Murtaugh is running for a House seat in San Diego, California.

In a tweet sent early Wednesday morning, Stefanik congratulated Ocasio-Cortez and said she would "proudly hand off that mantle to" the young congresswoman-elect.


"Women who had never run for anything stepped up to put their names on the ballot", she said.

"Ayanna Pressley was also fed up".

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. A cohort of women crashed Pennsylvania's all-male congressional delegation.

Women won big in the US midterm elections on Tuesday (November 6), with USA media predicting more than 100 women winning election or re-election in races across the country.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old Hispanic activist who won a surprising primary victory against a 10-term white incumbent, is the youngest woman elected to Congress. Ayanna Pressley, a 44-year-old member of the Boston City Council who scored a similar upset win, is the first black woman elected to Congress from MA.

In rapid succession, the House got its first two Muslim women: Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib.

Some of Tuesday's black female pioneers, like IL nurse and Democrat Lauren Underwood and CT teacher and Democrat Jahana Hayes, were first-time candidates. With the win, Rojas said, the progressive movement challenging the establishment of the Democratic Party has shown it "can unseat Democrats who are ideologically and demographically out-of-touch with their voters and forced Democratic elected across the country to stiffen their spines".

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