US midterms: ‘Pride and happiness’ as Twitter users hail victory for diversity
The US midterm elections saw historic wins from female, Muslim, Native American, and LGBTQ+ candidates.
The US midterm elections saw a record number of women elected to the House of Representatives, as well as historic wins from Muslim, black, Native American, and LGBTQ+ candidates.
In a night where Democrats took control of Congress, voters are on track to send at least 100 women to the House, surpassing the previous record of 84, while several winners are marking their place in history as firsts for their race, gender and sexuality.
Voters from various backgrounds took to social media to celebrate these largely Democratic wins, with one Muslim user saying that the diverse representation made her feel “so much pride and happiness”.
Women of color breaking so many ceilings:— Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani (@AdrienneMahsa) November 7, 2018
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez youngest woman elected to Congress
- Ilhan Omar the first Somali American elected to Congress
- Ayanna Pressley the first Black congresswoman from Massachusetts
- Rashida Tlaib the first Muslim congresswoman
Please do not discount the history being made today:— Christina Reynolds (@creynoldsnc) November 7, 2018
The first Muslim women to serve in the House
The first Latinas in the House from Texas
The first Native American women in the House
The first Native American woman elected statewide in Minnesota
Massachusetts elected its first black congresswoman, through Democratic candidate Ayanna Pressley, while 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also made history to become the youngest woman in the House.
Go Ayanna. This is a a victory for us all.— Meghana C Karande, MD (@MeghanaKarande) November 7, 2018
me, going to sleep knowing that over 100 women are in congress, pic.twitter.com/tvtIvbdiyu— jojo ☆ song request! (@jordan__twt) November 7, 2018
Meanwhile, party colleagues Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan will be the first Muslim women in Congress.
Congratulations to my sister @RashidaTlaib on your victory!— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 7, 2018
I cannot wait to serve with you, inshallah. 🙏🏾
Somali-American, Ilhan Omar's story is the extraordinary journey from living in one of the world's largest #refugee camps, #Dadaaab, to becoming one of the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress.— Lotte Leicht (@LotteLeicht1) November 7, 2018
Congrats @IlhanMNhttps://t.co/q3IMxRGM3E pic.twitter.com/1OdFAwcYp4
A number of Muslim women took to Twitter to express their joy at being represented in Congress for the first time.
This honestly is so amazing and awesome! As a Muslim woman this is just beyond words too many emotions are going through me right now 🤘🏻 pic.twitter.com/xfmksl3ZgG— Heidi (@heidikisswani) November 7, 2018
to see two muslim women elected in congress has given me so much pride and happiness as a muslim woman. representation matters.— shehrose (@shehrose18) November 7, 2018
New Mexico Democrat Deb Haaland and Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids were elected as the first two Native American women to serve in Congress.
Ms Davids also made history as an openly gay candidate, along with Colorado’s Jared Polis, who will be the country’s first openly gay elected governor.
Congrats to @sharicedavids as a gay woman, and as an indigenous woman, I have high hopes for what you will do in Congress— bree 😇 (@breedlejuice13) November 7, 2018
The first Gay Governor in Colorado, the first two Muslim women elected into congress, the first Native & Lesbian women elected into congress and the youngest women elected to Congress is a Latina from the Bronx. This is America & all it’s beauty. The future is female & POC ❤️❤️— Juan 🤴🏾 (@_ObiJuan__) November 7, 2018
The Colorado cake baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple now has a gay governor.— Reverend Jes Kast (@RevJesKast) November 7, 2018
Ms Tlaib took to Twitter on November 6 to link her campaign to the surge of female political activism since the 2016 general election, referencing the millions of women who have marched in protests in the two years following.
Writing on the platform, she said: “Today, women across the country are on the ballot. Yes, we marched outside the Capitol, but now we get to march into the Capitol. We are coming!”
The victories for women weren’t confined to the Democrats, however – regardless of who wins in Arizona’s competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state’s first woman to serve in the chamber.
And in the Senate, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee’s first woman senator, despite her opponent Phil Bredesen receiving the backing of pop star Taylor Swift.