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All the Ways Democrats Made History on Tuesday

08 November 2018, 09:43 | Darnell Patrick

Boston Globe via Getty Images Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Two Muslim women have been elected to the House of Representatives for the first time.

The first Muslim women have been elected to Congress, with Democrat Rashida Tlaib winning in MI and Ilhan Omar winning in Minnesota.

Tlaib ran unopposed in her race to represent Michigan's 17th district and has become the nation's first Palestinian-American woman in Congress, and one of two Muslim women elected on Tuesday.

Ayanna Pressley, congresswoman-elect for Massachusetts' 7th district.

After upsetting longtime incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in the district's June primary, Ocasio-Cortez defeated Republican Anthony Pappas, a St. John's University professor in the general election.

Diversity also won the day Tuesday with a record number of women of color headed to the halls of Congress. With the win, Rojas said, the progressive movement challenging the establishment of the Democratic Party has shown it "can unseat Democrats who are ideologically and demographically out-of-touch with their voters and forced Democratic elected across the country to stiffen their spines".

Women occupy just 23% of the seats in the current US Senate and 19.3% in the House of Representatives, comparatively low rates in the developed world.

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Women were also elected governors in Iowa, Maine and South Dakota for the first time, as well as in the territory of Guam.

The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections. In 2014, the most recent off-presidential midterm election year, Democrats won the U.S. House vote among women, even though Republicans overwhelmingly secured overall control of the chamber. Davids is also Kansas' first openly gay statewide representative.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, could be the youngest woman elected to Congress, and represented a surge of Democrats challenging more senior and established members of the party.

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

IL state Rep. Juliana Stratton is the first black woman elected as IL lieutenant governor. Jim McGreevey, a Democrat and former New Jersey governor, came out while in office in 2004.

Nearly 80% of voters in a CNN exit poll said it's very or somewhat important that more women and racial minorities be elected to public office, with two-thirds of white voters agreeing. Democracy Now! was there with The Intercept for our special election broadcast.

Women won gubernatorial races in nine states. "The significance of history is not lost on me, including my personal one".



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