The Incredible Outcome of Yesterday’s Election
It isn’t a secret that democrats, activists, and minorities have been fighting for a political gain against Trump. Yesterday was a huge step in the right direction.
I’m extremely proud of my home state, Connecticut, winning in all blue. We had a very close race between Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski for governor. Ned Lamont, winning by only 1.7%, is a powerful fighter against Trump, an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, a strong supporter of women’s rights, and has many more honorable views. I am more delighted than ever to reside here. I’m excited for the changes that are soon to come and I congratulate Ned Lamont on his victory.
Connecticut isn’t the only state that had a big win. In the primarily republican state of Kansas, Sharice Davids is the first lesbian Native American woman to be elected to congress. Not only did she claim this title, but she is also the first democrat to win the Kansas City seat in over ten years.
Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado was elected as the first ever openly gay governor of the United States.
Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became one of the first two Muslim women in congress along with Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American woman from Minnesota. There are only two other Muslim people who have seats and both are men.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Latina democrat, is the youngest woman to ever be elected to congress. At just twenty-nine years old, she has been an organizer of Bernie Sander’s campaign, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and was the first person since 2004 to go up (and win) against Joe Crowley.
In Texas’ Harris County judicial race, nineteen black women won their judgeship.
And Remember Kim Davis, the woman who denied a gay couple marriage licenses? She lost to Elwood Caudill, a gay man in Kentucky, for the re-election of county clerk.
These aren’t the only instances of black, Hispanic, Native American, gay, or minorities winning their rightful spots and voices in politics. And it won’t be the last time. For many states, this election has given women, people of the LGBTQ+ community, and people of color a powerful platform.
While a lot of millennials didn’t turn up to the polls during the presidential election, the uproar and concern about our country in Trump’s hands has pushed many people to the edge. According to The Atlantic, the amount of youth voters went up by 188% compared to 2014. Before the election, an overwhelming amount of people, including celebrities, went to social media to educate others about voting. The turnout after this cannot be a coincidence. Young people have the power and the means to excite their peers about voting. The passion I’ve heard from people around my age (the youth) about the issues our country is facing should be more than enough to get us to vote. There is pain in our voices when we talk about our marginalized friends and family and it is time to make a change. Social media has been a huge part of this and now more than ever, young people can and will be heard.
We made history yesterday.