Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fails at basic math and economics

New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fails at basic math and economics

"We just elected the first woman to Congress in Michigan's 11th district", she said to massive applause in a hotel ballroom in Birmingham, MI.

This year, women not only increased their numbers, but the new class of lawmakers also includes women from a wide patchwork of backgrounds, adding to a Congress that is expected to be more diverse.

On Tuesday, she defeated her Republican opponent to represent New York's Fourteenth District, which includes part of New York City. Meanwhile the Arizona senate race is too close to call, but either Republican or Democrat, the victor will be the state's first woman in the seat. In Maine, Democrat Janet Mills will become the state's first woman governor, and in South Dakota, Republican Kristi Noem will be the first women to lead the state.

Democrat Ilhan Omar will serve as the nation's first Somali-American Congresswoman.

Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist, had previously worked on Bernie Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Women won big in the USA midterm elections on Tuesday (November 6), with us media predicting more than 100 women winning election or re-election in races across the country. Shortly after her victory, New Mexico's Deb Haaland, who won in the 1st Congressional District, became the second Native American woman to win Tuesday night. Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas. In successfully overtaking the incumbent in the state's 3rd Congressional District, Davids also becomes Kansas's first openly LGBT candidate to win a major office.

Texas is sending its first ever Hispanic women to congress, as Veronica Escobar snapped up Beto O'Rouke's old seat and state Sen.

There were 15 Democratic women running on Senate ballots along with eight Republicans.

It was the culmination of two years of anger, frustration and activism driven by women appalled by Donald Trump's election and presidency.

That scenario behind her, she'll now represent the 7th Congressional District - the first in MA where minorities make up a majority of the voting population.

The gains among women on Capitol Hill come as potential Democratic candidates for president are already taking steps to challenge Trump, several prominent female Democrats among them.

Tuesday night's elections saw an influx of diversity "firsts" in the House of Representatives, ushered in by the record-breaking candidacies of women - specifically women of color - on the Democratic ticket. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control. Polis, who declared victory late Tuesday night, has always been outspoken in favour of marijuana legalisation. Houlahan was one of four female military veterans and political newcomers to win seats for Democrats; the others were Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey, and Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger in Virginia.

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