Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

History is made in some Mid-term races around the country

History is made in some Mid-term races around the country

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezis is the youngest woman elected to Congress.

Delmore said that many of these candidates adopted a new approach when campaigning for their various positions.

Yesterday's election will ensure that the U.S. House of Representatives looks a lot more like the country it represents.

The record-breaking number of women on ballots across the country included Republican Marsha Blackburn who was quick to thank voters for electing her the first woman ever to represent Tennessee in the United States Senate.

Meanwhile, at 31, Democrat Lauren Underwood also won her race to become a Congresswoman. Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans. She is the daughter of Puerto Rican parents and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

They mobilised on the grassroots level and played larger roles as donors than in previous election cycles.

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

"This is something new we saw from women candidates: they are not trying to focus on their resumes and tout their accomplishments and push their families aside", she said.

She describes herself as an educator, organiser and working-class New Yorker who has worked with expectant mothers, waited tables and led classrooms.

Rashida Tlaib is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will represent Michigan's 13th Congressional District.

Progressive insurgent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, who overtook goliath Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York's 14th Congressional District in a stunning upset, became the youngest woman elected to Congress in the nation's history. Democrats celebrated the victory as Guerrero's win also meant a blue flip for the US island territory.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas. Women hold 84 out of 435 House seats, a record number.

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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.

"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".

A swath of candidates broke down barriers with victories in Tuesday's midterm elections - sending seismic shifts through the halls of Congress and across state-level contests.

From Florida to New Mexico, these candidates brought platforms that stood for a range of issues such as affordable health care, gun safety and climate change.

Lou Leon Guerrero from the USA territory of Guam the first female governor elected on Tuesday keeping the female wave going in the midterm elections.

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