'Year of the Woman,' Republican Edition

Posted November 09, 2018

El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar (left) and Sylvia Garcia (right), a Democratic state senator, are Texas' first-ever Latina women in Congress.

And it appears to have come true. In Maine, Democrat Janet Mills will become the state's first woman governor, and in South Dakota, Republican Kristi Noem will be the first women to lead the state.

"There is nothing inherently noble about protecting a status quo that does not serve the needs of working-class Americans", said Ocasio-Cortez, one of a handful of Congressional candidates this year who identified as democratic socialists.

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

Ayanna Pressley, congresswoman-elect for Massachusetts' 7th district.

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The first Native American women have also been elected to Congress, with Democrats Deb Haaland winning in New Mexico and Sharice Davids in Kansas.

Davids, on the other hand, defeated Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder in the race for Kansas' third Congressional District.

Hillary Clinton's surprise defeat to President Donald Trump two years ago, a man who has a history of making sexist remarks, appears to have been a galvanising moment for American women.

There have been other hardships, including having to turn down an annual trip for NY pols to Puerto Rico frequented because it conflicts with orientation for new lawmakers, where they get tips for hiring staff, running an office, and the bare bones of legislating. At age 29, Ocasio Cortez of NY seizes the record from Rep. Elise Stefanik, who was elected at age 30 in 2014.

Women won gubernatorial races in nine states.

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In all, 31 women will take seats in the House for the first time, coupled with 65 who retained their seats, for 96 altogether, beating the old congressional record of 85 for women in the chamber, CNN reported.

Abby Finkenauer, congresswoman-elect for Iowa's 1st district.Cindy Axne, congresswoman-elect for Iowa's 3rd district. Ms Omar fled Somalia's civil war with her parents at the age of eight and spent four years at a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the US. She is also the first female former professional Mixed Martial Artist to serve.

"Let's get to the business of dancing and celebrating", she added. Now, instead of coming up with some long-winded answer about robbing Peter to pay Paul, she just says, "Ah, we'll deal with it later". The spotlight in the midterm elections was stolen by female candidates as a lot of them ran for office.

As ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts put it: "For most of our lives we just looked down from the gallery and saw a bunch of guys in gray suits". A record-high 40 women of colour were elected to the House, beating the previous record of 38.

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