Democrats have won control of the House and locked in on instrumental governorships late Tuesday night even amidst the Senate majority of Republicans who grappled to keep a few seats. In what was an intense midterm battle, America has enshrined the cognitive dissonance that has plagued its people since the election of President Trump two years ago. The monumentally high turnout was surely a significant catalyst in deadlocking the Congress, an inevitable symptom of what has become a divided nation. The Democratic win is sure to pose acerbic institutional checks on President Trump’s administration, who will have to brace themselves for a tumultuous series of oversight from Capitol Hill where Democratic chairs will question and restrain his every move.
The Republican’s eight year grip on the House majority was ended rather abruptly and most notably, by a swift, cool breeze of an array of diverse candidates. Many of them immigrants, PoC, Muslim, and of course, women. In addition to candidates, voters also weighed in on more than 150 ballot initiatives. According to the New York Times, some of these included the following remarkable feats:
• Florida restored voting rights to 1.5 million people who had been convicted of felonies but had completed their sentences. The new voters could change the political dynamics for the 2020 race in the perennial battleground state.
• Massachusetts voters rejected a referendum that would have repealed a 2016 law preventing discrimination based on gender identity in public spaces, including bathrooms.
• Missouri voters legalized medical marijuana while North Dakota voters decided not to legalize recreational marijuana.
• Voters in Arkansas and Missouri raised the minimum wage. In Missouri, the wage will rise to $11 from $8.50; Arkansas’s will increase to $12 from $7.85.
Amidst the wave of Democrats who are itching to ignite a change within the State are some remarkable women. Some of whom were even first time contenders. This is a stunning feat for women all over America, for immigrant women of colour, for minority women, for indigenous women, and for the African American woman. This midterm election has solidified the foul taste in voters’ mouths from two years prior; people want to see a change and are doing something about it. A nation divided is a nation where a drastic metamorphosis is needed. Since Tuesday, social media has been buzzing, voters came out in their hoards and showcased their badge of agency for the world to see. A sea of “I voted” stickers flooded Instagram, foreshadowing the shift in representation that lay mere hours ahead.
According to NYT:
Ayanna Pressley, a Democrat in Massachusetts, will become the first African-American woman to represent the state in Congress after winning her race, according to The Associated Press. She beat a 10-term Democratic incumbent in her primary and vowed to pursue “activist leadership” to advance a progressive agenda.
Ilhan Omar, a Democratic state legislator in Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib, a former Democratic state legislator in Michigan, became the first Muslim women elected to Congress after winning their House races, according to The Associated Press.
Sharice Davids, a Democrat and former White House fellow from Kansas, and Deb Haaland, a Democratic community activist from New Mexico, became the first Native American women voted in to the House after winning their races, according to The Associated Press.
Also notable are Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won their House seats, becoming the first Hispanic women the state has ever elected to federal office. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. She won in New York’s 14th District.
Juliana Stratton was elected to be the Lt. Governor of Illinois. An extremely skilled legislator, she has now set the record for most Black lieutenant governors in American history.