Tuesday, November 6, was election day and even before the polls closed, there were a number of exciting events that had taken place. Still, though, most people were awaiting the results of the most significant House and Senate races in hopes of a Democratic sweep taking Congress.
One stunning race was called on Tuesday afternoon. The first female governor,Lou Leon Guerrero, was elected in the U.S. territory of Guam, and she will serve with Josh Tenorio who will become lieutenant governor. Votes were in from 67 precincts and still pending but this has been an amazing feat for this team.
According to Kuam News:
‘The total tally puts the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio team at 18,081 votes, a 50.70%, which meets the 50% plus 1 vote threshold needed to secure a win.
‘The Republican team of Ray Tenorio and Tony Ada fell short behind the democratic team, receiving 9,419 votes.’
A few Twitter users showed their support and excitement:
In 1949, under the Guam Organic Act signed by U.S. President Harry Truman, Guam was established as an unincorporated organized territory of the U.S. Up until 1970, its governor was appointed and then residents began voting to elect a civilian governor.
Leon Guerrero makes the ninth elected governor of Guam. The governor’s role is limited to two four-year terms. Since Guam isn’t a state, its residents cannot vote for president although they do have a nonvoting House representative. Residents of Guam do get to vote for party delegates in presidential primaries, and all persons born on Guam are U.S citizens.
The Georgia governor’s race between Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp may be a historic one for the state. Abrams could likely become Georgia’s first black female governor. According to CBS News:
‘Abrams, the former minority leader of the state’s House of Representatives, and Kemp, the current Georgia secretary of state, have been locked in a close race for months. The contest has attracted national attention, as Mr. Obama and Oprah Winfrey campaigned with Abrams and Mr. Trump held a rally with Kemp. To make the rally, Kemp skipped a debate with Abrams.’
During the primary elections back in the spring, almostt two-thirds of the women running for governor were Democrats. According to Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a campaign-tracking project of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville:
‘Women are generally more Democratic than men are, so you’re seeing a tremendous amount of candidates emerging on the Democratic side, fueled by anger at Trump’s victory.’
‘Women have smashed records this election cycle in terms of the number who filed to run, the number of women who became their party’s nominees for House, Senate and gubernatorial races, and even the number of women running against women in general election races.’
This year’s midterm election is seen largely as a referendum on Mr. Trump’s presidency and is a strong push for much-needed change in the country.
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