Everything You Need to Know About the Historic Results of Yesterday's Election
1. DEMOCRATS WILL TAKE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2. FLORIDA RESTORED VOTING RIGHTS TO 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE
Florida voters, voted ‘yes’ to Amendment 4 which automatically restored the right to vote to people with prior felony convictions. The few exemptions are those convicted of murder or felony sexual offense. Enfranchisement is restored upon completion of prison sentences, parole, and probation.
3. MASSACHUSETTS ELECTS ITS FIRST BLACK CONGRESSWOMAN
Democratic Candidate Ayanna Pressley is the first African American woman to represent Massachusetts in congress defeating a 10-term incumbent. Her congressional district is said to be more than 57% People of Color and almost 40% single-female headed households. After her victory she said “People [sic] feel seen and heard for the first time in their lives, a stakehold in democracy and a promise for our future.” She will be serving in the House of Representatives.
4. TWO WOMEN HAVE BECOME THE FIRST MUSLIM WOMEN ELECTED TO CONGRESS
Ilhan Omar, the democratic candidate from Minnesota, has become one of the first Muslim women to be elected to congress after winning her race for a spot in the House of Representatives. She will also be the first Somali-American woman to serve in congress.
Rashida Tlaib shares in this victory of being one of the first Muslim women elected to congress after winning her seat in the House of Representatives, representing Michigan. This democratic candidate is also the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in congress.
5. TWO WOMEN HAVE BECOME THE YOUNGEST WOMAN EVER ELECTED TO CONGRESS
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become one of the youngest women elected to congress in history at 29 years old. She is from the Bronx and will represent New York City in the House of Representatives.
Abby Finkenauer, democratic Iowa candidate, has also become one of the youngest women elected to congress at only 29 years old.
6. TWO WOMEN HAVE BECOME THE FRIST NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN ELECTED TO CONGRESS
Democratic Representative Sharice Davids has become one of the first Native Woman elected to Congress in the House of Representatives after securing a win in Kansas.
Democratic candidate Deb Haaland has also become one of the first Native Woman elected to Congress in the House of Representatives after securing a win in New Mexico.
7. REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE TED CRUZ BARELY BEATS OUT DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE FOR TEXAS SENATE SEAT
Republicans have held every statewide office in Texas since 1994, making this close race one of the most watched of the year.
8. DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE JARED POLIS BECOMES THE FIRST OPENLY GAY MAN ELECTED GOVERNOR AFTER WINNING COLORADO RACE
9. AMENDMENT 11 CHANGES CRIMINAL SENTANCING LAWS IN FLORIDA
Amendment 11 rids Florida’s constitution of the “Savings Clause” which was added in 1885. This clause made it so that people convicted of crimes by laws that eventually change, are still forced to serve their entire sentence. For example, if a person was convicted for a crime and sentenced to 20 years and after their conviction the punishment was changed to five years, that person would still have to serve their entire 20 years. With the passing of amendment 11, this will no longer be the case and terms will be cut as criminal laws change.
10. DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE ANDREW GILLUM ONCE AGAIN CONCEDES FLORIDA GOVERNORS RACE TO INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE RICK SCOTT.
11. LAUREN UNDERWOOD IS THE FIRST BLACK PERSON AND FIRST WOMAN TO REPRESENT THE 14TH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
African American, and democratic candidate, Lauren Underwood has claimed victory in Illinois 14th district that is 86% white. After her victory she said “Look at what we have done,” she said. “ … You stood up and declared that this community deserves better.”
12. RACHAEL ROLLINS HAS BECOME SUFFOLK COUNTY, BOSTON’S FIRST FEMALE AFRICAN AMERICAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY.
After her victory she said “Voters sent a very clear signal today that our criminal justice system is not working for too many people and it’s time for a change. We will start by creating an office that adequately reflects the communities it serves and that is engaged with every neighborhood within the county. Then together we’ll make our criminal justice system better and work to strengthen relationships between communities and law enforcement.”
13. ANTONIO DELGADO BECOMES FRIST LATINX REPRESENTATIVE IN NEW YORK’S 19TH DISTRICT
Democratic candidate Delgado defeated his republican incumbent candidate while running on a progressive campaign. He supports equal pay for women, a woman’s right to choose, and puts an emphasis on healthcare.
14. LETITIA JAMES BREAKS MULTIPLE BARRIERS BECOMING NEW YORK’S ATTORNEY GENERAL
Letitia James is the first woman, the first African American, and the first African American woman to be elected attorney general after defeating her Republican Candidate. She sent a warning to the president in her victory speech “He should know that we here in New York — and I, in particular — we are not scared of you,” she said. “And as the next attorney general of his home state, I will be shining a bright light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings, and every dealing, demanding truthfulness at every turn.”
15. TWO WOMEN BECOME THE FIRST LATINAS TO REPRESENT TEXAS IN CONGRESS
Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia have become the first Latina women to represent Texas in the House of Representatives. Latinx Americans make up nearly 40 percent of the Texas population.
16. REPUBLICANS KEEP CONTROL OF THE SENATE
17. AFTER A HARD FOUGHT RACE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE STACY ABRAMS CONCEDES TO REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE BRIAN KEMP.
After many accusations of voter fraud and lawsuits filed by civil liberties firms, candidate Abrams conceded the Georgia governors race.
18. MORE THAN 100 WOMAN HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO CONGRESS!!
19. LOUISIANA VOTERS ELIMINATED A JIM CROW ERA LAW BY VOTING FOR AMENDMENT 2
The 14th Amendment made it so that Black people had to be included in juries. Louisiana law required unanimous decisions by juries, which meant one Black juror held a lot of power. In order to prevent Black Jurors from holding power Louisiana passed a law allowing split juries in criminal cases meaning the vote of the few Black jurors could be overpowered by the white jury vote. Amendment 2 has eliminated this law, giving equal power to all jurors.
20. MAXINE WATERS IS POISED TO BECOME THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE
As democrats prepare to take the house it is likely democratic representative from California Maxine Waters will become the chairwoman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee. Waters is extremely outspoken about her dislike of the current administration and believes in regulating banks and Wall street.
21. JAHANA HAYES BECOMES CONNECTICUT’S FIRST BLACK WOMAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS
2016 National Teacher of the Year and Democrat Jahana Hayes has become the first African American Woman to represent Connecticut in congress. After her victory she tweeted “You joined me on this journey and I thank every person who also believed that we are much better together."