Women Elected to House in Record Numbers

At least 84 elected across US
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 7, 2018 1:11 AM CST
Women Elected to House in Record Numbers
Ballot boxes line the wall on the first floor of Lewiston, Maine City Hall.   (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)

The current record of 84 women serving at the same time in the US House of Representatives will be broken in the next Congress. With ballots still being counted across the country, women have won 75 seats and are assured of victory in nine districts where women are the only major-party candidates. From the Women's March opposing President Trump the day after he was inaugurated in January 2017 through a stream of sexual assault accusations later that year that sparked the #MeToo movement, outrage and organizing by women have defined Democratic Party politics this election cycle, the AP reports. More than 230 women, many of them first-time candidates, were on the general-election ballots in House races. Despite the gains, men will continue to hold the vast majority of House seats. (President Trump called Nancy Pelosi late Tuesday to congratulate her.)

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