RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Female candidates have again made gains across the country in what’s a troubling signal for President Donald Trump ahead of his reelection bid.
Most of the women who won office Tuesday were Democrats, and many were women of color who have aimed their energy at Trump since he defeated Hillary Clinton.
The House of Delegates saw the biggest increase of the two chambers. Four women gained seats and pushed the total of female-held seats to 30. The Senate added two more female representatives, including Ghazala Hashmi, who is also the first Muslim woman in the history of the chamber. Now women will hold 41 of the 140 seats in the General Assembly.
In Virginia, Democrats seized control of both the House and Senate for the first time in a generation. One activist says the 2019 wins show that what happened in 2017 and 2018 wasn’t just a moment.