Out of many, several firsts elected across US in midterms


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.

The high-profile midterm cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour means a number of winners will take office as trailblazers.

Rashida Tlaib is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will represent Michigan's 13th Congressional District.

Ocasio-Cortez, 28, became an overnight sensation this summer after her upset primary defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent who was the No. 4 Democrat in the House. And regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.

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Women won more seats than ever before in the US House after a record number of female candidates were on ballots across the country, fueled by Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump. The progressive challenger and member of the Democratic socialist party unseated a powerful 10-term NY congressman, running with a campaign ad that said: "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office". She and Hayes are the first black women elected to congress from New England.

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. In Georgia, domestic workers organized by Care In Action contacted more than 500,000 voters and sent almost 1.5 million text messages in support of Stacey Abrams for Governor - 90% of those activists were women.

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.

Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico will be the first Native American women who are members of the US House of Representatives.

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While women gained in the House, results were still uncertain in the Senate, where there are now 23 women serving. A previous tally from Rutgers' Center for American Woman and Politics had the current record total of women in the House at 84 and the overall total including the Senate at 107.

One self-described feminist claimed that women who voted for Republicans were the "foot soldiers of the patriarchy", but, luckily for white women, she is considering saving them from being "brainwashed" by men. Fifty-nine of the candidates were Republican, and 197 were Democrats.

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

The last time women voted for Democrats anywhere near that margin was more than 30 years ago. "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". Polis is also the state's first Jewish governor. And in several cases, the result was preordained one way or another because both major party candidates in a given race were women, as in the Arizona Senate contest. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control.

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Texas is sending its first ever Hispanic women to congress, as Veronica Escobar snapped up Beto O'Rouke's old seat and state Sen.