At least 98 women will be elected to the House of Representatives — 84 Democrats, 14 Republicans — and 12 will join the Senate — 10 Democrats, two Republicans — according to the latest projections by ABC News. Racial and ethnic barriers, broken through, it was an historic night in many ways. Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, claimed victory in Kansas as the state’s first Native American Congresswoman. Deb Haaland, also Native American, will replace New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American, also won a resounding victory in Minnesota. She and Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, also made history as the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Rep. Marsha Blackburn became the first female senator to represent Tennessee, and Texas voters elected the state’s first two Hispanic women to Congress as Veronica Escobar and Sen. Sylvia Garcia. Republican Kristi Noem will become South Dakota’s first female governor, and Ayanna Pressley will be the first black woman elected to Congress in Massachusetts.
Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is not conceding the Georgia governor’s race to Republican candidate Brian Kemp. Kemp is currently ahead of Abrams by nearly 68,000 votes with 99% of precincts reporting, but he only has 50.4% of the vote. If neither candidate receives 50%, there will be a runoff in early December.