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A night of firsts for women and other minority candidates

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/07/18, 10:49 am

Minority groups in the United States achieved a number of milestones in Tuesday’s midterm elections. A record number of women were elected to the House of Representatives, including 29-year-old democratic-socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. In Boston, Democrat Ayanna Pressley, who ran unopposed, became the first African-American woman chosen to represent Massachusetts in Congress by defeating 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary. In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids ousted four-term Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder, joining Deb Haaland of New Mexico to become the first two Native American women elected to the lower chamber. Davids, who is a lesbian, is also the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas. Elsewhere, Ilhan Omar, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in Minnesota, and Democrat Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, a Palestinian-American, will be the first Muslim women in Congress. Omar will also be the first Somali-American representative. In Texas, voters elected the state’s first two Hispanic women to Congress, Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia.

As of Wednesday morning, at least 100 women were headed to the House, besting the previous record of 84. That number could rise as dozens of races remain undecided as of Wednesday morning.

On the Senate side, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn bested former Gov. Phil Bredesen to become Tennessee’s first female senator. Arizona is also set to elect its first female senator, but that race between Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally remains too close to call Wednesday morning.

There were also a couple of firsts in gubernatorial races: South Dakota elected its first female governor, Republican Kristi Noem, while LGBT advocates applauded Jared Polis’ victory in Colorado, where he becomes the nation’s first elected openly gay governor.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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    Posted: Wed, 11/07/2018 10:38 pm

    Correction needed? Capuano is a Democrat. She beat him in the primary, I think.

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Thu, 11/08/2018 11:13 am

    Thank you for pointing out the error. It has been corrected.

  • Ed Schick
    Posted: Thu, 11/08/2018 07:45 am

    A biblical worldview does not define a person's identity by their sexual behavior or in this case their misbehavior and immorality. This is very popular among those without a biblical worldview but we as Christians should not support their philosophy where they claim they were born or have become intrinsically a homosexual. But then again, those who practice terror are terrorists and those who kill people are called murderers. Maybe we can use a morally correct term instead of some politically correct adjective (gay) or cute acronym (LGBT).

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 11/08/2018 03:17 pm

    Mr. Schick, I see your point but I think we would probably be wise to just leave the labels as they are. :-0