Kultur’D Konversations: United States 2018 Midterm Elections
Last week, the whole world saw a very significant moment in US history. In other words, women made the headlines everywhere. For the first time ever there is a large number of women representatives in the House. Not to disregard all the women that have been a part of the House in the past, but this midterm marks profound change for women. The women that have been elected represent many history-making firsts — and signify new possibilities and progress for politics in America.
Here’s a list of who has been elected:
- Native American women
- Sharice Davids
- First Latina Congresswoman from Texas
- Veronica Escobar
- Sylvia Garcia
- First Muslim woman
- Ilhan Omar
- Rashida Tlaib
- Youngest Woman
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- First Openly Gay Sherriff in the Midwest
- Dave Hutchinson
- First Black woman to represent Massachusetts
- Ayanna Pressley
- First female governor of South Dakota
- Kristi Noem
- First Openly Gay man elected Governor
- Jared Polis
- First Native American Congresswoman
- Democrat Deb Haaland
- First Black Woman Representing SW Pa.
- Cynthia Cozette Lee
What are Midterm Elections?
Before we discuss this further I think we need to better understand what the midterm elections actually are. On Tuesday November 6th 2018 the United States had their 2018 midterm election. These elections took place in the middle of Republican President Donald Trump’s first term. This is where all 435 seats in the United State House of Representatives are selected. Along with the House, 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate are contested.
This series of history-making wins is quite extraordinary; the candidates have broken down barriers and are shaping the “new” America. But, why now? What was different this time? Has faith been restored in America? Was celebrity involvement in this election the reason behind this difference?
Votes are still being studied to show the voter turnout this year. But, according to the Associated Press there was an estimated of 113 million Americans that went out to vote on November 6th which is the higher total for a non-presidential election in U.S. history and highest voter participation rate in a midterm election in at least 50 years.
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