Nov 7, 2018

Women created a "Pink Wave" in the U.S. midterm elections

Women created a “Pink Wave”

Election shows women smashed barriers

My Take/Diana Washington Valdez/The Digie Zone

Diana Washington Valdez
There is much to celebrate about the Nov. 6 midterm elections in the United States.

They ended President Donald Trump's absolute power, reinstating checks and balances in our government.

Democrats took back control of the House of Representatives, with everything that the new House majority implies.

For the first time, two Muslim women - Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) and Somali American Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) won seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

For the first time, two Native American women - Sharice Davids (Kansas) and Debra Haaland (New México) won seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

About 117 women won their races for seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate, about 10 more than now.

We saw very close races for governor waged by African-American candidates with appealing and positive campaigns: Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.

Other results:

Voters did not permit a rhetoric of intolerance to sway them.

Young people registered to vote and voted for the first in large numbers.

Many voters in suburban districts made the difference for successful Democratic candidates.

Diana Washington Valdez is a journalist-analyst and author based in El Paso, Texas, and is president of The Digie Zone Network.

(With information from Reuters, ABC, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, Real Clear Politics)