Midterms 2018: Firsts for women in the US House

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Arizona's race is still too close to call, but either way, the state will be sending its first woman to the Senate (Democrat Kyrsten Sinema or Republican Martha McSally.) Marsha Blackburn is Tennessee's first female senator, despite Taylor Swift's endorsement of her Democratic opponent, and by electing Jacky Rosen, Nevada became the fifth state to have two female senators.

The high-profile cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour meant several winners will take office as trailblazers, marking firsts for their race and gender.

This year, women not only increased their numbers, but the new class of lawmakers also includes women from a wide patchwork of backgrounds, adding to a Congress that is expected to be more diverse.

Two Democratic candidates will become the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. Tlaib, who ran unopposed to represent Michigan's 17th congressional district, will become the first Palestinian-American congresswoman. In Georgia, the race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams - who is vying to be the first black woman governor in the US - and Republican Brian Kemp remains too close to call.

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Deb Haaland is one of the first Native American woman to win a seat in Congress. Haaland, a Democrat, will represent New Mexico's 1st Congressional District. 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.

Female candidates won congressional seats and governorships in record numbers Tuesday night. And she's a former MMA fighter, as well. "And make no mistake about it, we are the defenders of our democracy".

Before Tuesday's elections, women made up a record 20% of Congress - 23% of the Senate and 19% of the House. South Dakota Republican US Representative Kristi Noem and Maine Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills were both elected to serve as governors of their home states. By early 2018, more than 42,000 women had reached out to Emily's List about running for office, and 356 women Democrats filed paperwork to run for Congress (120 Republican women filed to run).

Many on the left saw this and the deflation of the "blue wave" as evidence that white women were not pulling their weight at the polling booth to help their progressive vision come to fruition.

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"On the Democratic side, these races were viewed not only as a referendum on President Donald Trump, but also, in many cases, on his version of identity politics, which in its final days played to the fears of his base, a group that is largely white, male and Christian".

For the first time in history, more than 100 women won races for Congress, and at least nine won governorship.

Colorado voters chose Democratic US Representative Jared Polis to serve as their next governor, making him the first openly gay man to be elected to serve as the chief executive of a US state. Many female Democratic House candidates who prevailed on Election Day ran in opposition to Trump or his policies.

Others made a decision to skip the subtlety, blatantly accusing women who cast votes for Republicans of white supremacy. Several were first-time candidates.

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