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Women in Congress breaks record with 2018 midterm elections

November 7, 2018

The surge of women running for Congress in Tuesday’s midterm election led to a record number of female candidates - and women of color - capturing seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University announced that at least 92 women emerged victorious in House races, surpassing the previous record of 84 set in 2013, and at least 38 women of color won, breaking the previous record of 34.

The running tally included at least a dozen Republicans - among them Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Washington and Republican Carol Miller in West Virginia - and at least 80 Democrats. This list of Democratic winners ranged from liberal sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York to Jennifer Wexton in Virginia and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida.

Liberal groups heralded the positive impact women had on the election and said it will be felt on the legislation front as well after the new U.S. Congress convenes next year.

“While Republicans in Congress have been spineless, womenespecially women of colorhave stood up to Trump time and again, ever since millions marched the day after his inauguration,” said Neera Tanden, CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “Now they will do so in Congress in numbers America has never seen before.

George Goehl, director of People’s Action, a liberal group, said women played a key role in standing up against President Trump’s “divisive ways and a yes to big ideas on health care, wages, racial justice and protecting the environment.”

“Without question, women are the leading edge of the resistance and they were the leading edge of the people’s wave on Election Day,” Mr. Goehl said.

More than 237 women House candidates - 185 of the Democrats - were on the ballot, including 71 incumbents, 46 seeking open seats and 120 challengers, according to CAWP.

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