These Women Made History in the Midterms

Ayanna Pressley gives a victory speech at her primary night gathering on Sept. 4 2018 in Boston Massachusetts.                        Getty

Ayanna Pressley gives a victory speech at her primary night gathering on Sept. 4 2018 in Boston Massachusetts. Getty

■In Tennessee, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become that state's first woman senator.

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

The Democrats have flipped the house while the Republicans will continue to hold on to the Senate following the midterm elections in the United States. Claire McCaskill was projected to lose her re-election bid, and Nevada Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen was projected to unseat Republican Sen.

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. Texans elected Garcia, a former social worker and lawyer, by a wide margin against her Republican opponent. Women founded most of the thousands of Indivisible groups around the country, and roughly 70% of Indivisible activists are women. Women were newly elected in Michigan, South Dakota, New Mexico, Kansas, and ME, bringing the total number of female state executives to nine, matching the record set in 2004.

Nuñez, 47, told NBC News during the closing days of the campaign that being chosen as Lieutenant Governor is "a huge source of pride for me, for my family, but most importantly for my community.".She was born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents and is now Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives. They will join four other female veterans now serving in Congress. "And they are part of our path to it".


"We have to do better, white women".

Twitter exploded with several posts from prominent figures on the left pointing the finger at white women as the reason that Democrats did not win in several high-profile races. "What's different this year is the whole pipeline's getting filled with women", Lake said. There are more women in office now than ever before, and this is only the beginning.

As of early Wednesday morning, CNN projected 98 women would win House races, with 33 women newly elected to the House and 65 female incumbents.

In the 115th Congress, 11 states - Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, South Carolina and Kentucky - had no women in their congressional delegations.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, both Democrats, will be the first Muslim-American women to serve in the House.


"Women who had never run for anything stepped up to put their names on the ballot", she said.

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. She did not face a challenger in the general election, making her the first black member of the House of Representatives from MA.

Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico won their races, becoming the first Native American women in Congress. Davids racked up another distinction as the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas.

Texas, which has never sent a Hispanic woman to Congress, elected two Tuesday night: Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, both Democrats.


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