On the U.S. Capitol east front plaza 116th Congressional freshman women Representatives like Lucy McBath (D-GA) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) hug after the Member-Elect class photo on the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday November 14, 2018.


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On the U.S. Capitol east entrance plaza 116th Congressional freshman ladies Representatives like Lucy McBath (D-GA) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) hug after the Member-Elect class photograph on the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday November 14, 2018.




Extra ladies than ever have been elected to Congress this month, however their positive aspects have been pushed nearly solely by Democrats as Republican ladies misplaced seats within the Home of Representatives.



At the least 102 ladies will serve within the Home beginning subsequent 12 months, in response to knowledge from the Heart for American Girls and Politics at Rutgers College, making up 23 p.c of all members. Democrats elected 89 of them, the best quantity ever and a 44 p.c improve from the present variety of 62 Democrat ladies.


Republicans elected simply 13 ladies representatives through the midterms, shedding nearly half of the 23 seats the get together’s ladies at the moment maintain within the Home.


Consequently, there shall be an equal variety of Republican ladies representatives within the 116th Congress subsequent 12 months as there have been within the 101st Congress, which took workplace in 1989.


Whereas 36 Democrat ladies newcomers have been elected to the Home, only one non-incumbent Republican lady gained her election: Carol Miller of West Virginia’s third District, who has served within the state Home of Delegates since 2007.


Moreover, a report 43 ladies of shade have been elected through the midterms, however just one was a Republican. Jaime Herrera Beutler, whose father is of Mexican descent, was re-elected in Washington’s third District the place she has served since 2011. Beutler would be the solely Republican lady of shade throughout each homes of Congress.


Two Home races with ladies candidates are nonetheless too near name. The race in Georgia’s seventh District between Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux and incumbent Rob Woodall moved to a recount after Woodall’s lead shrunk to only over 400 votes. In New York’s 22nd District, Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney is dealing with a problem from Democrat Anthony Brindisi.


In Utah’s 4th District, Democrat Ben McAdams declared victory in opposition to Republican incumbent Mia Love on Tuesday evening. The newest returns confirmed him with a fewer than 700-vote lead over Love, solely about 20 votes away from the margin the place she may request a recount, in response to NBC Information. Love has not but conceded.


Republican ladies additionally misplaced floor in governors’ races. Six Democrat and three Republican ladies have been elected governor, in comparison with the 4 Republican and two Democrat ladies at the moment serving.


The get together distribution of girls within the Senate remained the identical — although among the faces have modified — with 17 Democrats and 6 Republicans set to take workplace subsequent 12 months.






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