Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: We Need to Confront Trump's Creeping Authoritarianism

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The results could have a dramatic impact on Washington and is seen as a referendum on Trump's first term in office.

As of early Wednesday morning, 96 women were being projected to win House races, with 31 women newly elected to the House and 65 female incumbents. Tlaib, a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives, faced two opponents in the race: Green Party candidate D. Etta Wilcoxon and Working Class Party candidate Sam Johnson.

Among the new lawmakers headed to the House is Jennifer Wexton, a Virginia state senator who defeated incumbent Barbara Comstock in one of the most closely watched races across the country.

After some key Republican victories, Ingraham concluded that the reason Republicans were winning was that they've embraced President Trump, whereas the reason Democrats were losing was that they've become the party of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who was elected to Congress Tuesday. The charge was led mostly by Democratic women whose victories all but ensure a US House that is younger and more diverse. They mobilised on the grassroots level and played larger roles as donors than in previous election cycles.

Jahana Hayes is the first black woman elected to represent CT in Congress. Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be serving Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, which includes areas in the northwestern part of the state. Men, by contrast, were more evenly divided in their vote.

"None of us ran to make history", Pressley told supporters in her acceptance speech Tuesday. "The significance of history is not lost on me, including my personal one". Ms Shalala served as Bill Clinton's secretary of Health and Human Services for his entire presidency and has made health care a centrepiece of her agenda.

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If fellow Native American Deb Haaland wins her congressional race in New Mexico, she will also take her place in history. In South Dakota, the Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem will become the state's first female governor. This year, women tied the record for most governor's seats women have ever held - nine - a number that was previously reached in 2004 and 2007. The first ever openly LGBT governor, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a bisexual woman, won her re-election bid Tuesday as well.

Beyond the election night tallies, female candidates also shattered long-held gender stereotypes about how women should run for office.

At that rate, we can expect the number of women in the House to go as high as about 110 when the 14 remaining face-offs are called.

"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 who have run for office this year.

The House will gain two Latina congresswomen from Texas, the Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia.

Seizing on the momentum of the "pink wave", Kansas Democratic candidate Sharice Davids surged to victory, becoming the first Native American woman elected to Congress.

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- Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar: America's first Muslim women in Congress. Tlaib ran unopposed in the general election, all but guaranteeing the former MI state legislator a seat in Congress. Omar is already a barrier breaker - in 2016, she became the first Somali American legislator in the country. Iowa has sent women to the Senate and governor's mansions, but never to the House of Representatives.

"Powered by a massive turnout of women and fuelled by our incredible candidates, House Democrats gained several seats in the heartland", Democratic representative Cheri Bustos of IL said in a statement Tuesday night after House control was called for Democrats. Others included Rep. Marsha Blackburn, running for Senate in Tennessee, and Rep. Martha McSally, who sought to replace retiring Sen. She immigrated to the United States at age 12, teaching herself English by watching American TV and eventually settling with her family in Minneapolis, home to the world's largest Somali population outside of East Africa. "Now, senator will do".

Democrats were also much angrier about the Senate's handling of Kavanaugh's confirmation than Republicans or independents. After eight years in the US House, she was one of the rare high-profile Republican women seeking a promotion in a campaign year defined more by the enthusiasm of Democratic women and the proliferation of Democratic female candidates.

Lake said she hoped 2018 was a "breakthrough moment" for women, who now hold just 20 percent of seats in Congress. "They ignored the party bosses who said they should wait their turn".

"They refused to let anyone shut them up or stand in their way, and that is how real change begins", she added.

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