Black Women Made History In The US Midterm Elections
#BlackGirlMagic: It was a historic night, especially for black women and other minorities in US Congress.
We watched several races across the nation in an election where Democrats set out to unseat Republican opponents to gain control of #Congress. Democrats are projected to be successful in taking over the U.S. House of Representatives, gaining new power to challenge Trump, according to @CNN. Republicans, however, retained control of the Senate, still giving Trump one chamber to defend his administration.
Some states made history where voters are projected to have elected their first black woman to Congress including #AyannaPressley of Massachusetts, #JahanaHayes, who will be the first black woman to represent #Connecticut, and #LaurenUnderwood, who will be the first black congresswoman of Illinois. Democrat #IlhanOmar of Minnesota and Democrat #RashidaTlaib of Michigan will be the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is also the first Somali-American to be elected to Congress.
In Georgia, #StaceyAbrams, who if elected will be the first black female governor in the history of the U.S., is refusing to concede to Republican opponent #BrianKemp. Abrams said the race, which was last projected in favor of Kemp, 50.8 percent to 48.3 percent, was too close to call.
A few other historic firsts include the election of Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Bronx, New York, who is the youngest woman ever, at age 29, to be elected to Congress. Democrat Deb Haaland of New Mexico and Democrat Sharice Davids of Kansas will become the first Native American women elected to Congress. Davids is also the first lesbian woman elected.Read also: I promise on my honour not to use insults in my campaign – Former Prez John Mahama
In Colorado, Jared Polis won his bid for governor and is now the first openly gay man elected governor in the U.S.
Of course, there were also some upsets. In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum, who is currently the mayor of Tallahassee, was defeated by Republican Ron DeSantis for governor. And in Texas, celebrity-endorsed Beto O’Rourke was unsuccessful in his attempt to unseat U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.
We once again want to thank everyone for voting and making an effort to make the changes they want to see.[Credit: theshaderoom.com]