The midterms seemed poised to shake things up even before results came in: A record number of women were on the ballot, and there were races across the country that looked likely to diversify the faces in Congress and statehouses. While they did take control of the House of Representatives, liberals suffered some painful defeats, especially in the Senate. Claire McCaskill was projected to lose her re-election bid, and Nevada Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen was projected to unseat Republican Sen.
"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. And she's a former MMA fighter, as well. Fifty-nine of the candidates were Republican, and 197 were Democrats. And regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.
There are now more women governors, as well. They include incumbents in Oregon, Iowa, Rhode Island and Alabama and newcomers in Michigan, New Mexico and Kansas. In all, 237 were candidates for the House, including 185 Democrats and 52 Republicans.
The Associated Press reported that 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates in 2018, spurred in many cases by the #MeToo movement and a renewed interest in politics following the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, whose attitudes toward women have been questioned. "So that's our objective".
"We have to do better, white women".
Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan also lost her race to become the country's first Native American governor. "What's different this year is the whole pipeline's getting filled with women", Lake said.
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In North Texas, early voting results had O'Rourke with a strong lead in Dallas County with 65.7% compared to Cruz's 33.68%. Trump and Cruz were bitter 2016 rivals, but the president visited Houston late last month to solidify the senator's win.
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In the 115th Congress, 11 states - Idaho, Montana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, South Carolina and Kentucky - had no women in their congressional delegations.
Voters in two states also elected the country's first Muslim women to the House: Rashida Tlaib, a former state legislator running in Detroit, and Ilhan Omar, a state legislator running in Minneapolis.
MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.
Some of Tuesday's black female pioneers, like IL nurse and Democrat Lauren Underwood and CT teacher and Democrat Jahana Hayes, were first-time candidates.
Texas, which has never sent a Hispanic woman to Congress, elected two Tuesday night: Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, both Democrats. Sharice Davids, who won a House seat in a conservative Kansas district, is an openly gay Native American lawyer with a background in mixed martial arts fighting.