The midterm elections are on Tuesday, November 6th, and this year is particularly notable because several women candidates are poised to make history if they are elected.
According to CBS News, “a record 53 women ran to be elected to the Senate and 476 women ran for the House of Representatives in 2018. Twenty-two of them won party nominations to the Senate and 235 won party nominations to the House. Those 257 women will be on ballots in midterm elections on Tuesday.”
Below are 12 female candidates who will make history if they win on Tuesday.
1. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan
Tlaib could become the first Muslim woman elected to the Congress.
2. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota
Omar could join Tlaib as one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, and become the first woman of color elected to Congress from Minnesota, the first Somali-American to be elected, and the first person born on the African continent to be elected to Congress.
3. Deb Haaland of New Mexico
Haaland could become the first Native American woman in Congress.
4. Sharice Davids of Kansas
Davids could join Haaland as one of the first Native American women in Congress.
5. Veronica Escobar of Texas
Escobar could become the first Latina to represent the state of Texas in Congress.
6. Sylvia Garcia of Texas
Garcia could join Escobar as one of the first Latinas to represent the state of Texas in Congress.
7. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut
Hayes could become the first woman of color elected to represent the state of Connecticut.
8. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts
Pressley could become the first woman of color elected to represent the state of Massachusetts.
9. Pearl Kim of Pennsylvania
Kim could become the first women of color elected to represent the state of Pennsylvania.
10. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona
If Sinema wins, she will be the first openly bisexual woman elected to the Senate.
11. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee
Blackburn could become the first woman representing the state of Tennessee in the Senate.
12. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi
Hyde-Smith could become the first woman representing the state of Mississippi in the Senate.
In addition to these 12 potential history-makers, there are 33 races in which both parties’ nominees are women, meaning that a woman would be sent to Congress regardless of who wins.
The momentum behind women getting involved in American politics is exciting, but we still have a ways to go when it comes to female representation in government. According to the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University, “even if women win all the races in which they are currently favored, as well as toss-up races, they will comprise only about 24 percent of the House. Should for the Senate win on Tuesday, there will be 26 women in the Senate next year, meaning that women would comprise just over a quarter of the body.”
So ladies, get out there and VOTE! For info on your local polling place, go here.
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