Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pink Wave: Women to Flood Congress After Historic Election Night

Pink Wave: Women to Flood Congress After Historic Election Night

If more than 84 of those women candidates won on Tuesday, it would set a record for the number of women serving 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.

A former Central Intelligence Agency officer toppled an arch-conservative in Virginia. Tennessee elected its first female senator.

In victory speeches across the country, women acknowledged the groundbreaking year.

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will become the first Muslim women in Congress.

With some races yet to be called, 95 women had been elected to the House as of early Wednesday morning.

Native American and Muslim women will join Congress for the first time alongside the youngest elected woman.

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to supporters and refuses to concede at her election night headquarters at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Nov. 6, 2018.

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

Joining Tlaib's place in history is current Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is poised to become the first Somali-American in Congress. In successfully overtaking the incumbent in the state's 3rd Congressional District, Davids also becomes Kansas's first openly LGBT candidate to win a major office.

Speaking at a victory part in Washington, Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi said: "Tomorrow will be a new day in America". Davids defeated incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder.

The running tally included at least a dozen Republicans - among them Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Washington and Republican Carol Miller in West Virginia - and at least 80 Democrats. Women were newly elected in Michigan, South Dakota, New Mexico, Kansas, and ME, bringing the total number of female state executives to nine, matching the record set in 2004.

The election follows a campaign shaped by issues of gender, race and identity.

This year, Christine Blasey Ford accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were in high school during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. "This could be the beginning of a decade of the woman where you have more women running and moving up because you filled the pipeline".

Pappas was a longshot to begin with, but Yahoo News said he lost local Republican support in late October after admitting his wife had accused him of domestic violence and had taken out a restraining order. Several were first-time candidates. This cycle, women placed gender and motherhood center stage. 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. Perhaps the most memorable ad of the season traced the hardships of the air force veteran MJ Hegar's journey, from when her abusive father threw her mother through a glass door to eventually pursuing her dream of becoming a pilot and being awarded the Purple Heart after her helicopter was shot down. Vermont has never sent a woman to Congress.

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