Young progressives, VP brother to enter US Congress

  • Young progressives, VP brother to enter US Congress

Young progressives, VP brother to enter US Congress

The mid-term elections brought a surge of female candidates to ballots across America in a vote being seen as a referendum on the Trump presidency.

- Jahana Hayes: Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Hayes, a teacher, becomes the first black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress.

As of 2:45 a.m., 95 women have won seats in the 116th Congress, with 4 races yet to be called in which both candidates are female, meaning there will be at least 99 women reporting to work at the Capitol in January of next year. She's the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Yahoo News said.

Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the House.

Most Americans say women running in record numbers for Congress is a good thing, but there's less consensus about whether they think things will change with more women in office, according to a Pew Research Center survey. A self-styled progressive, Tlaib is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and was arrested two years ago for disrupting a Trump speech in Detroit.

Hillary Clinton was advised to play down her gender during her first run for president in 2008 because voters would not elect a "first mama". Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control.

She unseated four-term Republican Kevin Roder, a strong Trump ally. Democracy Now! was there with The Intercept for our special election broadcast.

Democrats held an 8-point lead with women and a 2-point lead among men.

"When you talk about Democrats clinching control of the House, you have the women candidates to thank", Delmore said.

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.

Democratic senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota lost their races, while Republican representative Marsha Blackburn became the first woman elected to the US Senate from Tennessee.

Tennessee gained the state's first woman in the Senate as Marsha Blackburn defeated former Gov. Phil Bredesen. Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS is heading to a run-off election later this month.

Women also contested governor's races across the country. Nine women will call various governors' mansions across the USA home. Republican Morgan Murtaugh is running for a House seat in San Diego, California.

In Florida, 77-year-old Democrat Donna Shalala is starting a career in the US House of Representatives after winning a district that has always been in Republican hands. After eight years in the US House, she was one of the rare high-profile Republican women seeking a promotion in a campaign year defined more by the enthusiasm of Democratic women and the proliferation of Democratic female candidates.

"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.