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All the Ways Democrats Made History on Tuesday

All the Ways Democrats Made History on Tuesday

The record numbers of women running for office in the United States this year are mostly Democrats, and their party is banking on their candidacies and a widening gender gap on key issues to achieve big wins in the November 6 elections.

Of the 23 women on ballots for the 100-seat U.S. Senate and 237 vying for the 435-seat House, more than 75 percent are Democrats, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

In January, both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House will feature a far different makeup than previous years, as voter turnout surged this cycle. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI will be the first Muslim congresswomen.

- Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar: America's first Muslim women in Congress. Tlaib ran unopposed in the general election, all but guaranteeing the former MI state legislator a seat in Congress. Omar is already a barrier breaker - in 2016, she became the first Somali American legislator in the country.

"We've had the "Year of the Woman" before and it has been a one-night sensation, but this is about filling the pipeline", she said.

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". In Kansas, Sharice Davids, a Democrat running in a suburban Kansas City district, will become one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, and the first openly LGBT person to represent Kansas at the federal level.

Reuters/Ipsos polling two weeks ahead of Election Day showed Democrats with a 5-percentage-point lead over Republicans among likely voters in the elections, where control of Congress is at stake.




Only two other Muslims have been elected to Congress, and both are men now in office: Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.

Before scoring her party's primary victory in August, she made history in Minnesota when she was elected to the state House in 2016, becoming the nation's first Somali-American legislator.

- Jared Polis: The first openly gay man elected governor. "We see problems as opportunities in our state of Colorado". Davids' win in Kansas against GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder was a pickup for Democrats, which projects to gain control of the House. Wallace also suggested Ingraham was being hypocritical, saying that if she gives Republicans credit for keeping the Senate, she must also give the Democrats credit for flipping the House.

Ocasio-Cortez defeated New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary election earlier this year.

In Michigan, Muslim Rashida Tlaib from Detroit won the congressional seat long held by Democratic John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment claims by former staffers.

New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will win her general election race easily and become the youngest woman ever in Congress, CNN has projected.

Republican Marsha Blackburn won a gruelling, expensive contest to become the first female U.S. senator from Tennessee.