Chart of the day: How did women fare in the U.S. midterms?

Frederick Owens
November 8, 2018

This year's swing was, in large part, because of independent women, who voted for Democratic candidates for the House, 56 per cent to 39 per cent, as well as white women, who have started voting differently in recent years, according to CNN's exit poll data.

Among this new class, history was made in pairs: American voters elected the two first ever Latinas to represent Texas, the first Muslim American women in Congress, and the first Native American women in Congress. She and Hayes are the first black women elected to congress from New England. Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans.

After upsetting longtime incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in the district's June primary, Ocasio-Cortez defeated Republican Anthony Pappas, a St. John's University professor in the general election.

After Tuesday's elections, a record number of women will serve in Congress come January 2019. Women held 84 out of 435 House seats, a record Aljazeera reported.

For the first time in history, more than 100 women won races for Congress, and at least nine won governorship.

The first black woman elected to represent MA in Congress is Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley, who faced no Republican on Tuesday.

Voters in Kansas chose Democrat Sharice Davids - she'll be the first Native American Congresswoman.

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Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib from MI became the first two Muslim women to win election to Congress.

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. In the House, 96 women have reportedly won or are projected to win their races. ME and South Dakota also elected their first female governors with Janet Mills and Kristi Noem, respectively. An overwhelming majority of Americans, almost 8 in 10, said it's important to elect more women to public office.

In a midterm election cycle heralded as the "Year of the Woman" because of the record number of female candidates for office and the surging #MeToo movement, women delivered a generally harsh verdict regarding Trump's first two years in office.

According to data compiled by The Associated Press, 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates this year.

That's a big part of the story of 2018: many demographic groups swinging far more Democratic than they did in 2014, a wave year for Republicans.

In the days leading up to the election, Trump said his sharp focus on immigrant caravans moving north toward the U.S. -Mexico border, and the threats he contends they pose, would appeal to women.

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