More women than ever before ran for office this year. In fact, 260 women are up for House and Senate seats in this election—an incredible victory unto itself. Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, HelloGiggles profiled young, progressive, Democratic women candidates running for federal office in our She’s Running series, and tonight, November 6th, we’re ecstatic to celebrate the victories of many of those candidates.
We’re so, so proud of our She’s Running candidates and look forward to watching them fight for feminist interests in Washington, D.C. We’ll be updating this list all night.
Former Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressely upended 10-term incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano in her September primary to become her district’s Democratic nominee for the House. With tonight’s win, she becomes the first black woman to represent her state in Congress. She was also the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council, in 2009.
With her win tonight, Michigan House candidate Rashida Tlaib becomes one of the first Muslim American women elected to Congress. She shares the honor with Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who won her race tonight. Tlaib has long criticized institutions like Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and ran to replace Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who resigned after allegations of sexual harassment arose.
House candidate Veronica Escobar is among the first Texas Latinas ever elected to Congress by her state. She claims that victory alongside Democratic candidate Sylvia Garcia, who also won her congressional race tonight. Escobar ran for the seat vacated by Beto O’Rourke, whose race for the Senate has been closely watched during this election.
After emigrating to the U.S. from Ecuador as a teenager with her mother and three sisters, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell tragically lost her father to gun violence. That issue, along with immigration reform and affordable health care, motivated her run for office. She won Florida’s 26th congressional district tonight.
Kansas House candidate Sharice Davids, a former MMA fighter, claimed victory tonight, becoming one of the first Native American women ever elected to Congress. She shares that distinction with fellow She’s Running candidate Deb Haaland.
New Mexico congressional candidate Deb Haaland joined Davids in becoming one of the nation’s first Native American women elected to Congress. She stood with protestors at Standing Rock in 2016, and acted as New Mexico’s vote director for Native Americans during President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign.