WASHINGTON – Women candidates on Tuesday broke the record for the number of first-time House members, with at least 28 winning their elections as Democrats took control of the chamber.
The previous record of 24 was set during 1992, the last "Year of the Woman". Women wants to represent 18 of the 27 districts that are flipped Democrats.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who turned 29 in October, is the next year's freshman class wants to include women of color who have broken barriers in their states, plus the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
So far, 80 out of 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Sixty-nine of the House are Democrats, including 27 of 28 newcomers, according to a USA TODAY analysis.
Nine women senators were elected, including one freshman – Marsha Blackburn, a GOP. representative, who defeated Tennessee's former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in her bid to become the state's first woman senator. Seven of the women senators are Democrats.
Six women, meanwhile, have won governors' races.
Women were poised to make significant electoral gains in this "Year of the Woman" election, driven largely by the massive "resistance" movement to President Donald Trump that began after the 2016 election. In CNN exit polls, almost 80% of voters said it was very or slightly important to see more women elected. That's a higher priority for women than for men, but not by much, CNN said.
Women have smashed records this election cycle in the number of women who run their party's nominees for House, Senate and gubernatorial races, and even the number of women running against women in general election races.
It's possible that women could lose seats in the Senate and they may not break the record for the number of women governors. But for the first time in history, Americans could more than 100 women to the House. said David Wasserman, U.S. House editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
"That would not be the case without Donald Trump's White House," Wasserman said. "It is a direct reaction to his election."
Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally, left, and Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema, right, preparing to debate at the KAT public television station in Phoenix on Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo: RICK D'ELIA, EPA-EFE)
Were the Democrats, while 52 were Republicans. About one-third were women of color.
Among the barrier-breaking races:
- Michelle Lujan Grisham, a. representative from New Mexico, became the first Democratic Latina Governor.
- Sharice Davids, a Kansas Democrat and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and Deb Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat and member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, were elected as the first Native American congresswomen. Results are still pending for Yvette Herrell, a GOP state representative in New Mexico and a member of the Cherokee Nation, who is running for Congress. So David is Kansas' first LGBTQ member of Congress.
- Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have become the first Muslim women in Congress. Omar, a Democratic Minnesota state representative, is now the nation's first Somali-American legislator, is now the state's first woman of color to Congress. Tlaib, a former Michigan state legislator who is also a Democrat, had no Republican opponent in the 13th Congressional District, which includes parts of Detroit.
- Lou Guerrero, a Democrat, claimed the position for her party for the first time since 2003.
- Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, a Democrat who ran unopposed, became the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.
"Debbie Walsh, director of." Debbie Walsh, director of the European Commission, said: "When you think about what constitutes a representative democracy, it is important to have the perspectives and experiences of the entire population mirrored in those legislative institutions, whether at the state level or the federal level Rutgers' Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). "Those experiences shape the policy priorities of those elected officials."
Twenty-three women serve in the Senate, including six Republicans and 17 Democrats. Six women – two Democrats and four Republicans – are governors.
During the 1992 "Year of the Woman," voters elected more women – 24 – to Congress than in any previous decade, and that record has remained, according to Rutgers. That's why Professor Anita Hill's testimony on sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas during his confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Democratic Congressional candidate Sharice Davids talks to a volunteer at her campaign office Oct. 1, 2018, in Overland Park, Kansas. (Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP)
This year, have beaten records for winning primaries, from state legislatures to governorship to Congress, according to the CAWP. Trump's presidency and the #MeToo movements' protest against sexual misconduct in the workplace.
Some of them have shared their own #MeToo movement stories in their campaigns. Others included their children in campaign ads, and in a couple of cases, even breastfed them. Another candidate, Liuba Grechen Shirley, a Long Island Democrat, approved by the Federal Election Commission.
"To me, women win because they ran, they actually wins or not," Walsh said.
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