Several New York women win big on Election Day

Several New York women win big on Election Day

Several New York women win big on Election Day

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.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas.

Some of the big wins for Democrats on Tuesday were experienced leaders, like Michigan's Gov. -elect Gretchen Whitmer, who led the Democrats in the state Senate, or Kansas's Gov. -elect Laura Kelly, who has served in the Kansas state Senate since 2005. Two others - Sharice Davids in Kansas' 3rd District and Deb Haaland in New Mexico's 1st District - will become the first Native American women in the chamber.

Some Democrats aren't blaming candidates like Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) or Andrew Gillum (R-Fla.) for their election night losses - they're blaming white women.

But numerous toughest House races were won by women who were taking their first foray into electoral politics.

Jahana Hayes similarly will join the freshman class as Connecticut's first black female representative. Republicans retained control of the Senate. On Tuesday, she defeated her Republican opponent to represent New York's Fourteenth District, which includes part of New York City. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state. Mills, a Democrat, previously served as Maine's attorney general.

Beyond the Bay State, voters in other states picked Native American and immigrant women as their representatives. "Have the awkward conversations, take the emotional labor off the backs of women who have more on their g***amn plate than we ever will. Do".

Others made a decision to skip the subtlety, blatantly accusing women who cast votes for Republicans of white supremacy.

Diversity also won the day Tuesday with a record number of women of color headed to the halls of Congress.

And it's a mobilization that could lead to a Democratic majority that is more responsive to women's concerns.

Nearly 80% of voters in a CNN exit poll said it's very or somewhat important that more women and racial minorities be elected to public office, with two-thirds of white voters agreeing.

Before Tuesday's elections, women made up a record 20% of Congress - 23% of the Senate and 19% of the House.

"On the Democratic side, these races were viewed not only as a referendum on President Donald Trump, but also, in many cases, on his version of identity politics, which in its final days played to the fears of his base, a group that is largely white, male and Christian".

The gains among women on Capitol Hill come as potential Democratic candidates for president are already taking steps to challenge Trump, several prominent female Democrats among them. Several were first-time candidates. One year ago, she was working in a restaurant, she ran a grassroots campaign with a progressive agenda including universal medicare, gun control and access to affordable housing.

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