Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: We Need to Confront Trump's Creeping Authoritarianism

09 November, 2018, 08:42 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site

But with record numbers of women nominated for the house, the Senate and for Governor, Tuesday was always set to be a historic day for women. Mills, now the state's attorney general, has won the governorship, checking another state off a long list that has never had a female chief executive.

Women occupy just 23% of the seats in the current US Senate and 19.3% in the House of Representatives, comparatively low rates in the developed world. That's in addition to the 10 female senators who were not up for re-election this year. "Work hard to encourage the next generation of women who follow!" Those Indivisible groups supported a new wave of female candidates.

Twenty-nine-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made history in the U.S. midterm elections, becoming the youngest woman elected to Congress.

The elections saw the Democrats take the House of Representatives, with a majority of 222 reps so far. Holtzman held that distinction for 42 years until Stefanik was elected. She ran a grass roots campaign that took on the "Queens Democratic Party machine" and championed progressive proposals, such as the abolition of the Immigration Customs Enforcement (Ice), a single-payer health care plan and tuition-free college. In Maine, Democrat Janet Mills will become the state's first woman governor, and in South Dakota, Republican Kristi Noem will be the first women to lead the state. Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans.

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated a little-known Republican opponent Tuesday in a congressional district representing part of New York City and, at 29, could become the youngest woman elected to Congress.

In races still too close to call, Abrams, if elected, would become the first female African-American governor in US history, and 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.

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Men, meanwhile, were about evenly split, with 50 percent voting for Republicans to 48 percent choosing Democrats. Women are also more likely to identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey.

"And just imagine this, it is a conservative woman to boot!" In 1982, 58 per cent of women voted for Democrats and 41 per cent voted for Republicans.

"In terms of white women, they're sort of in the middle", Gill said. "Democrats at least have the luxury of largely taking women of color (votes) for granted".

What is already the most diverse Congress ever will become even more so after Tuesday's elections, which broke barriers of race and gender.

Delmore said that many of these candidates adopted a new approach when campaigning for their various positions. Among those who consider that "important", two-thirds voted for Democrats. Flake is scheduled to give a talk at the Forbes 30 under 30 event in Boston after recently calling for a one week pause in the confirmation process to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation more time to investigate sexual assault allegations. Considering that Texas is almost 40 percent Latino, these historical wins are even more overdue. "We see problems as opportunities in our state of Colorado".

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