Several New York women win big on Election Day

Several New York women win big on Election Day

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

There are now more women governors, as well. In five states - Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Washington and Wisconsin - female candidates challenged sitting female senators.

In split-gender races, women have won 65 races and lost 101, but this is not necessarily a strong indication of gender bias.

Rashida Tlaib, a social worker born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents, won a House seat in a district where she ran unopposed by a Republican candidate.

With some races yet to be called, 95 women had been elected to the House as of early Wednesday morning.

The Democrats may not have gotten quite the blue wave they were hoping for ー but for women in politics, Election Day was an indisputable success. Ten women already in the Senate are not up for re-election.

After some key Republican victories, Ingraham concluded that the reason Republicans were winning was that they've embraced President Trump, whereas the reason Democrats were losing was that they've become the party of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who was elected to Congress Tuesday.

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With no Republican in the race in the heavily Democratic district, her upset victory in the primary had all but assured her the House seat, with only the remote possibility of a write-in campaign to potentially stop her. Davids defeated incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder.

Democrats had hoped to pick up Tennessee as part of a narrow path to retaking the Senate. "What's different this year is the whole pipeline's getting filled with women", Lake said.

"Tonight, we reaffirm what an fantastic state that we live in", he said in his victory speech.

Though prominent figures like Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, failed to win their potentially historic elections, many candidates around the country became the first person of their gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation to be elected to their positions in their states, or in some cases, in the country. Democrats were galvanized by #MeToo movement, which helped attract female voters and recruit more women to run for office. "Now they will do so in Congress in numbers America has never seen before".

On Tuesday, at least two of those states sent women to Congress. Pennsylvania elected four women to the House, and Oklahoma elected one when Democrat Kendra Horn won an upset victory against a Republican incumbent. She has not only become one of the first indigenous women elected into the House, but is also the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas. And Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be Connecticut's first black congresswoman.

Voters in Minnesota and MI elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American. We spoke with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about her plans for Congress.

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