Blessup! 2018 Midterm Elections Result In More Melanin And Women In Office Than Ever Before

Congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley speaks to reporters after voting at the Adams Street Library on Election Day in Boston, Massachusetts to vote on November 6, 2018. - Americans started voting Tuesday in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of Donald Trump's presidency, with control of Congress at stake. (Photo by Joseph PREZIOSO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)

Blessup! 2018 Midterm Elections Result In More Melanin And Women In Office Than Ever Before

In Texas, all 19 Black female judges who ran for the first time or re-election won their race.

Published November 7th

The 2018 midterm elections may not have resulted in the overwhelming blue wave Democrats desired, but there was still a great number of women, specifically women of color, who made history last night. 

According to The New York Times, there was an unprecedented number of women, people of color and LGBTQ candidates running in the midterm elections. In fact, the number of white male candidates was the lowest it has been in the past four elections.

Many were inspired to find out 100 women were elected to the House, which is now controlled by Democrats.

In New York, 29-year-old Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was elected to New York's 14th Congressional District. Her victory makes her the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress.

"This is what is possible when every day people come together in the collective realization that all our actions — no matter how small or how large — are powerful, worthwhile and capable of lasting change," Ocasio-Cortez said in a speech after her victory.

In Colorado, Democrat Jared Polis became the first openly gay man elected governor.

In Connecticut's 5th Congressional District Jahana Hayes defeated Republican Manny Santos and became the first Black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress.

When it comes to Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, Democrat Ilhan Omar defeated Republican Jennifer Zielinski, making her the first Somali-American elected to Congress. She, along with Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, are the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Ayanna Pressley (above) became the first Black woman to be elected to Congress from Massachusetts. She ran unopposed after defeating 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano earlier this year in the Democratic primary for the state's 7th Congressional District.

In New York, Democrat Letitia James defeated Republican Keith Wofford to become the state's attorney general and both the first woman and first African-American elected to the position in New York.

And down in the state of Texas, 19 Black female judges who ran for the first time or re-election for judge positions in Harris County all won.

Sandra Peake, Judge Ramona Frankin, Germaine Tanner, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Hollerman, Tonya Jones, Dedra Davis, LaShawn A. Williams, Latosha Lewis Payne, Linda M. Dunson, Toria J. Finch, Erica Hughes, Lucia G. Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Michelle Moore, Sharon Burney, Shannon Baldwin and Lori Chambers Gray were all elected on Tuesday night, most by double digits.

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)

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