Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes history

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes history

He argued that the reason Democrats won a majority in the House is "not because they went far left", pointing to moderate candidates like Virginia's Abigail Spanberger, who unseated Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) in a surprise victory. Also in the Senate, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator.

The vice president took to Twitter to congratulate his brother, who easily won the solidly Republican and heavily white district in the Midwestern state.

In her campaign platform, Ocasio-Cortez promotes universal job guarantees, fully funded public schools and universities, paid family and sick leave and housing as a human right.

This year's election is drawing comparisons to the 1992 elections dubbed the "Year of the Woman", when a record number of women won seats in Congress, bringing total representation to around 10 percent. "There will be a record number of women win; there will be a record number of women lose".

Colorado voters delivered a historic win Tuesday with Rep. Jared Polis projected to be the country's first openly gay male governor.

Rising left-wing rock star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history on Tuesday, November 6, as the youngest woman elected to Congress, in a safe Democratic Party stronghold in New York, US media projected.

Crowley was the No. 4 Democrat in the House and seen as a potential speaker one day.

"Tonight, we reaffirm what an incredible state that we live in", he said in his victory speech.

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Republican Kristi Noem beat out Democrat Billie Sutton in the unexpectedly close South Dakota governor's race, and she will be sworn in next year as the first woman elected to the state's highest office. Women were newly elected in Michigan, South Dakota, New Mexico, Kansas, and ME, bringing the total number of female state executives to nine, matching the record set in 2004.

"It may be women candidates who save our enthusiasm advantage by mobilizing women voters", Lake said.

This year, women not only increased their numbers, but the new class of lawmakers also includes women from a wide patchwork of backgrounds, adding to a Congress that is expected to be more diverse. "This could be the beginning of a decade of the woman where you have more women running and moving up because you filled the pipeline".

After upsetting incumbent Jeff Klein in the Democratic primaries earlier this year, Alessandra Biaggi has won the 34th District state Senate seat.

Texas, which has never sent a Hispanic woman to Congress, elected two Tuesday night: Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, both Democrats. And Jahana Hayes, the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, will be Connecticut's first black congresswoman.

And Kansas elected a lesbian former mixed martial arts fighter who will become one of two Native American women elected to Congress for the first time in the nation's history.

Since then, Ocasio-Cortez has been hailed as part of a movement of new faces and voices in the party taking aim at more established, politically moderate Democrats.

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