These Midterm Elections Made History!
On November 6th, 2018, an estimated 113 million people voted in the U.S. midterm elections. This is the first time in history that over 100 million U.S. citizens have voted in a midterm election. 49% of eligible voters voted this election compared to 36.4% in the last midterms.
Much of this voter turnout is a direct result of people’s frustration with President Donald Trump. This is exemplified by the fact that Democrats took control of the House of Representatives after a net gain of 27 seats. This victory has effectively ended one-party rule in the U.S. government. However, the Republicans still control the Senate.
This election saw a record number of women elected to Congress. In fact, over 90 women were elected in the House alone while 12 were elected in the Senate. There were also many firsts in this midterm election:
- First Native American Congresswomen were elected in New Mexico and Kansas.
- First Muslim Congresswomen were elected in Minnesota and Michigan.
- First openly gay governor was elected in Colorado.
- First lesbian mother Congresswoman was elected in Minnesota.
- First female senator was elected in Tennessee.
- Texas elected its first Hispanic Congresswomen.
- South Dakota elected its first female governor.
- Massachusetts elected its first black Congresswoman.
- Maine elected its first female governor.
- Iowa elected its first Congresswoman.
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