These Women Made History in the Midterms

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Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is greeted by her husband's mother after appearing at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Nov. 6, 2018. The previous record was 85, set in 2016.

Before Tuesday's elections, women made up a record 20% of Congress - 23% of the Senate and 19% of the House. Earlier this year, a Pew poll found that 70 percent of millennial women affiliated with or leaned toward the Democrats, up from 56 percent four years ago.

She will also be the nation's first Somali-American elected to Congress: She was born in Somalia and spent much of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp during Somalia's civil war.

Beyond the Bay State, voters in other states picked Native American and immigrant women as their representatives.

"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".

MI governor elect Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday attributed her success and that of other women to outworking their opponents and "staying focused on the dinner table issues that really matter to families". Democratic women flipped three Republican-held seats: Mary Lou Scanlon, Chrissy Houlahan, Susan Wild, and Madeleine Dean won an open seat. Democrats won the national election (despite important setbacks in the US Senate) because of women candidates and women voters. Thousands of women have upended their lives over the last two years join the army of organizers devoted to changing politics and electing Democrats in the midterms.

There were 15 Democratic women running on Senate ballots along with eight Republicans. As candidates, women broke the rules and upended conventional political wisdom.

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There was also a historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans. Nevada now has two female senators after Democrat Jacky Rosen defeated incumbent Republican Dean Heller.

"Tonight, we reaffirm what an wonderful state that we live in", he said in his victory speech.

Democrat Mike Espy, who will face Mississippi Republican Representative Cindy Hyde-Smith in a December runoff, could become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction.

This cycle, the first since the defeat of the first female major party presidential candidate, many women ran without being asked.

Sharice Davids, congresswoman-elect for Kansas' 3rd district.Deb Haaland, congresswoman-elect for New Mexico's 1st district.

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.

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