Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Pink Wave: Women to Flood Congress After Historic Election Night

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site
Kenny Thornton | 07 November, 2018, 20:18

She takes the record for the youngest woman elected to Congress from Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing upstate NY who was elected at age 30.

The incoming class of lawmakers could have a stark impact on politics in the nation's capital, particularly within the Democratic Party, after a midterm election that was widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first term.

The Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University announced that at least 92 women emerged victorious in House races, surpassing the previous record of 84 set in 2013, and at least 38 women of color won, breaking the previous record of 34.

- Jahana Hayes: Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Hayes, a teacher, becomes the first black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress.

The record numbers of women running for office in the United States this year are mostly Democrats, and their party is banking on their candidacies and a widening gender gap on key issues to achieve big wins in the November 6 elections.

More than 237 women House candidates - 185 of the Democrats - were on the ballot, including 71 incumbents, 46 seeking open seats and 120 challengers, according to CAWP. Republicans in the state recently passed a bill to require women to seek more counseling before they get an abortion.

The vote comes almost two years after women marched on Washington in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Democrats nominated women in key races that helped determine control of the House.

Asma Mohammed and Ashley Fairbanks celebrate as results come in at Democratic candidate Ilhan Omar's election night headquarters in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Returning Jets receiver 'fighting' to help Sam Darnold wasn't enough
The last thing the Jets want is for their still-developing franchise QB is to become increasingly gun-shy. Jones, who's played with the Dolphins since 2011, left in the game's first quarter, according to ESPN .

Democrats held an 8-point lead with women and a 2-point lead among men.

Of the 23 seats the Democrats have picked up so far, 17 are women.

The surge of female candidates this year has drawn comparisons to the "Year of the Woman", when in 1992 voters sent 47 women to the House, and four women joined the Senate bringing women's numbers to six.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won House races in Texas, making them the first Latina women to ever represent the state. That changed Tuesday, when two women defeated Republican incumbents.

In her campaign platform, Ocasio-Cortez promotes universal job guarantees, fully funded public schools and universities, paid family and sick leave and housing as a human right.

In a win for the Republicans, Tennessee's Marsha Blackburn has become the first female senator in the state.

Democrat Mike Espy, who will face Mississippi Republican Rep. Cindy Hyde-Smith in a December runoff, could become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction.

If fellow Native American Deb Haaland wins her congressional race in New Mexico, she will also take her place in history. Nine women will call various governors' mansions across the USA home. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state. Republican Morgan Murtaugh is running for a House seat in San Diego, California.

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