#USMIDTERM: IT’S WOMEN’S YEAR IN THE US MID TERM ELECTION
92 women have so far been elected into the US Congress on Wednesday in make-or-break midterm elections in the United States.
The elections saw the Democrats take the House of Representatives, with a majority of 222 reps so far. But the Republicans have tightened its hold on the Senate with 51 candidates so far winning seats.
The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency and are expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections.
According to Guardian, winners of seats in the House include Latina congresswomen from Texas, the Democrats’ Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, while Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan will be the first Muslim congresswomen.
Omar, a Somali-American was once a refugee, while Tlaib is the first Pakistani-American woman in congress.
Also Massachusetts, Democrat Ayanna Pressley will be the first woman of colour in her state’s congressional delegation.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year old Latina also became the youngest woman to serve in the US House after winning at the polls.
Deb Haaland, also a Native American, was also elected a congresswoman.