Wednesday, 7 November 2018

US Midterms Election 2018: Some of the "firsts" in American history

While the headline remains that the Democrats won the House and the Republicans held the Senate, the 2018 US crucial mid-term elections will be remembered for a host of different reasons.

So here are just some of the records that were broken and some of the winners who sealed their place in history.




Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Last year, Ocasio-Cortez was mixing cocktails at a restaurant in New York City.

She stormed to victory with more than 78% of the vote in New York's 13th district.

"We have made history tonight," she told cheering supporters after the result was confirmed.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 miles (1600km) away in the state of Iowa, Abby Finkenauer also joined the ranks of the nation's youngest representatives.

Ms Finkenauer, 29, won a close race in Iowa's first district and will unseat Republican Rod Blum.

Two Democrats became the first Native American women to be elected to Congress.

In Kansas, Sharice Davids won her race while, in New Mexico, Debra Haaland cruised to a landslide victory in the state's first district.

Sharice Davids
Openly Lesbian, Sharice Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a former mixed martial arts fighter.

Democrats Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota became the first female Muslim representatives.

Ilhan Omar
Ms Omar fled Somalia's civil war with her parents at the age of eight and spent four years at a refugee camp in Kenya before coming to the US.

"It is up to us to fulfil the promise of America," she told supporters after her win.

"Let's get to the business of dancing and celebrating," she added. "We're going to Washington!"

History was also made in Colorado, where Democrat Jared Polis became the first openly gay man to be elected a state governor.

Jared Polis
Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, a Democrat, came out as gay while in office in 2004. And Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, also a Democrat, is openly bisexual, which made her the first openly LGBTQ person elected governor when she won in 2016.

But Polis is the first openly gay candidate to be elected for governor.




President Donald Trump also made history by adding seats to Republican Senate majority in his first midterm election.


Thanks to Trump, Republicans picked up 4 new Senate seats on Tuesday with wins in Florida, Missouri, Indiana and North Dakata.

About two senate seats are still being decided.

And President Trump was eager to tell the nation of his success tonight.

The President quoted Ben Stein tonight: “There’s only been 5 times in the last 105 years that an incumbent President has won seats in the Senate in the off year election. Mr. Trump has magic about him. This guy has magic coming out of his ears. He is an astonishing vote getter & campaigner. The Republicans are unbelievably lucky to have him and I’m just awed at how well they’ve done. It’s all the Trump magic – Trump is the magic man. Incredible, he’s got the entire media against him, attacking him every day, and he pulls out these enormous wins.” Ben Stein, “The Capitalist Code”

Trump has also warned the now Democrats dominated House of Representatives not to try to frustrate his government.






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