2018 Midterm Elections Shake Up Washington

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2018 Midterm Elections Shake Up Washington

Steven Alvarez, Sports Editor

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On November 6, 2018, the midterm elections were held for Congress. All seats in both the House of Representatives and Senate were up for grabs. Prior to this election both the House and the Senate was dominated by the Republican Party. After the elections, the Democratic Party gained control over the House, and while the race for control over the Senate was neck to neck, the Republicans maintained control (52-45, with two independents). This midterm election was special because of the fact that it welcomed new faces and new records for different groups of people, especially women.

What does this mean for the president? The Democratic Party has the ability to put Trump’s power and actions in check. This is going on with new Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi fighting against our President on getting the government reopened. Also, Democrats now have unified control of 14 state governments.

This midterm election also broke a new record as 117 women won office. The U.S. House of Representatives elected a record number of women, with at least 90 women sworn into office in Washington, D.C. in January.

“I’m a huge feminist so anytime women are elected in positions that are predominantly given to men I think is incredible,” said Ms. Cruz, 9th grade English teacher at E.L. Haynes. “I think it’s important that we have more representation for women of color and clear women and women that don’t identify within the binary of genders.”

The first ever openly transgender candidate for governor, Christine Hallquist, lost her race in Vermont. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan was the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. The first Native-American woman was elected to Congress as well, Deb Haaland of New Mexico. It’s easy to say times are changing and it’s showing and does not plan to stop anytime soon. Kyrsten Sinema became the first openly bisexual senator and the first female senator from Arizona. A lot of states had their first woman in congress.

“And then I know that they’re gonna to shake things up in Congress and in the Senate and in the House,” Ms. Cruz added. “For example  Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. She’s from the Bronx, She’s going to like Latina young. I’m really excited for her because I don’t think that they’re going to allow the Republicans to continue doing what they’re doing.”


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