Several New York women win big on Election Day

07 November, 2018, 20:16 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site

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.

Victories for both were expected following primary victories earlier this year.

"Democratic women in particular and independent women, progressive women, upscale suburban women were clearly energised by the Trump victory and the Trump presidency in a negative way", said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake.

More than a quarter-century after the so-called year of the woman and two years after Hillary Clinton failed to shatter the "highest, hardest glass ceiling", voters were poised to elect the largest class of freshman congresswoman in history.

Only one candidate for Congress this year is younger: Republican Morgan Murtaugh, who is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Susan Davis in San Diego, California. "Ilhan Omar. So many of us, we're all mums", she said.

The congresswoman defeated Democratic ex-governor Phil Bredesen by closely aligning her bid with President Donald Trump.

With no Republican in the race in the heavily Democratic district, her upset victory in the primary had all but assured her the House seat, with only the remote possibility of a write-in campaign to potentially stop her. Tennessee elected its first female senator. Twenty-two states have never elected a woman as governor, and six states have female governors today. "And they are part of our path to it".

Sutton made a race of it, leaning into a record of public service as well as his history as a professional bronco rider, a career that left him paralyzed.


Asma Mohammed and Ashley Fairbanks celebrate as results come in at Democratic candidate Ilhan Omar's election night headquarters in Minneapolis on Tuesday. Davids also became the second-ever lesbian woman elected to Congress.

The newly elected Republican opposes Medicaid expansion; South Dakota is one of 19 states to refuse the expansion, which would cover more than 40,000 of the state's most vulnerable residents.

The vice president took to Twitter to congratulate his brother, who easily won the solidly Republican and heavily white district in the Midwestern state. That is likely to remain the case under Noem.

The campaigning from both sides of politics was polarising, with the Republicans maintaining an anti-immigration and America-first message, while the Democrats pledged to put an end to divisionary politics.

She is also a fierce abortion opponent, with an A rating from the National Right to Life movement during her time in the House.

All three women say they have a lot to do once they get into office, or are back in office, and that they can't wait to get to work.

The five-time congressman ran against Colorado's Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton to succeed Gov. John Hickenlooper, a popular Democrat who can't be re-elected because of term limits.

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