Women and diversity win big in historic state and local elections

08 November, 2018, 21:45 | Author: Carlos George
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But after 20 years of the same representation, we have to ask: "who has NY been changing for?" she asks in a promotional video for her campaign.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won House races in Texas, making them the first Latina women to ever represent the state.

She is one of a handful of congressional candidates this year who identified as democratic socialists. Haaland said on Twitter.

Jahana Hayes similarly will join the freshman class as Connecticut's first black female representative. Women were 21 points more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans in House races - 60 percent voted for Democrats, to 38 percent who voted for Republicans.

Georgia candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, while Democrat Andrew Gillum narrowly lost his bid to become the first black governor of Florida. Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. Polis was also the first openly gay man elected to Congress in 2008. An overwhelming majority of Americans, almost 8 in 10, said it's important to elect more women to public office.

We've been talking about the good and the bad of yesterday's election, and there sure is a lot of both, but one great thing we can't stop celebrating is the incredible number of women elected to office.

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"This isn't just the year of the woman, this is the year of every woman", said Cecile Richards, who served as the president of Planned Parenthood for more than a decade, noting the groundbreaking diversity among the women running for office this year. On Tuesday, James won her seat for New York State Attorney General.

There was also an historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans. According to exit polls, they were about evenly split this year, with 50 percent choosing Democrats, compared to 48 percent who chose Republicans.

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.

Now there are 84 women serving in the House of Representatives, according to The Los Angeles Times. Democracy Now! was there with The Intercept for our special election broadcast.

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. Republican women like Kristi L. Noem and Marsha Blackburn, on the other hand, made history but were reluctant to mention their gender on the campaign trail, preferring to focus on issues. Eight additional women will serve as governor in the U.S.

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