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In Ascendant Night for Congressional Republicans, Women Led the Way

first_imgAshley Hinson, a former state legislator and television reporter, ousted Representative Abby Finkenauer of Iowa; Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from the Citadel, defeated Representative Joe Cunningham of South Carolina; and Yvette Herrell, a former state legislator and enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, flipped Representative Xochitl Torres Small’s seat in New Mexico to become the first Native American Republican woman in Congress. Republicans were celebrating their success at chipping away at Democrats’ House majority and feeling increasingly confident of maintaining control of the Senate. By Wednesday evening, they had elected 22 women and were on track to have the highest number of them serving in their congressional ranks, surpassing the previous record of 25 women elected in 2004.Those wins came as Republicans fought to protect female incumbents in the Senate, where Joni Ernst of Iowa prevailed in her competitive race, Kelly Loeffler advanced to a runoff in Georgia, and Susan Collins won a decisive victory in her re-election race in Maine. Cynthia Lummis, a former House lawmaker, became the first Republican woman to represent Wyoming in the Senate, replacing the retiring incumbent, Senator Michael B. Enzi. The pickups were particularly remarkable in the House, where Democrats swept to power in 2018 by running a diverse class of contenders and sent a historic group of women into office. Just one new Republican woman, Representative Carol Miller of West Virginia, was elected to the chamber that year, raising alarms inside the party conference.That set off a scramble by Republican leaders to steal a page from the Democratic recruiting playbook, eschewing the kind of candidates they had previously turned to — white, male, often veterans of politics — in favor of newcomers with diverse backgrounds. “These are important gains. They need to be celebrated; they need to be acknowledged,” Ms. Walsh said. “But women are still very underrepresented on the Republican side.” – Advertisement – By Wednesday afternoon, Democrats had defeated only one Republican woman in the Senate, Martha McSally of Arizona, who had been expected to lose.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — Republican women delivered critical victories to their party in the election, signaling the success of their efforts to recruit and elect a more diverse slate of candidates as they sought to counter Democrats’ huge advantage in adding women to their ranks in Congress.Conservative women were nearing a historic level of representation in the House, more than doubling the number of female Republican incumbents in the chamber as they scored key upsets in battlegrounds across the country and beat back Democratic challengers flush with cash.- Advertisement – “The Republican Party vowed to make gains among G.O.P. women, and it did because it prioritized the problem,” said Olivia Perez-Cubas, a spokeswoman for WFW Action Fund, a super PAC to elect conservative women that pumped millions of dollars into Republican primary races and the general election. “We’re seeing that Republican women will win.”Republicans regained a number of seats they had lost in 2018, and partial returns showed women leading Democratic incumbents in other competitive districts, like in Staten Island, where Representative Max Rose of New York was fighting to hold off Nicole Malliotakis. Republican leaders said on Wednesday that they anticipated welcoming as many as 19 women to their ranks after a dozen candidates had notched decisive wins.A woman won in nearly every district that Republicans had flipped by Wednesday, a striking statistic that bolstered the argument that conservative women could win competitive seats if they were able to make it through a primary to a general election. Republicans were still lagging far behind Democrats, who have spent years and huge sums to recruit and elect women across the country. But the Republican gains reflected the success of an urgent effort they undertook two years ago to make up for their widening deficit in enlisting women to run.“In many ways, this cycle for the Republican women is a very simple story,” said Debbie Walsh, the director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “You can’t see numeric gains in officeholders unless you have increases in number of candidates.”But to reach gender parity in Congress, she cautioned, Republicans would have to continue prioritizing the recruitment of women in both chambers and not interpret their success on Tuesday as “a one and done.”- Advertisement – In Florida, Maria Elvira Salazar, a former broadcast journalist, stunned Democrats by defeating Representative Donna E. Shalala by a narrow margin in the state’s 27th Congressional District. And Michelle Fischbach, a former lieutenant governor, defeated Representative Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, ending the tenure of the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and a 30-year veteran of Congress.Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, said in an interview on Wednesday that he and other party leaders had championed recruits like Ms. Hinson early in the cycle, recognizing that “women and minorities’ biggest challenge were primaries, not general election.” More than 200 Republican women ran for the House this cycle.“They’re not going to give up,” Mr. McCarthy said. “These are the type of people you see who are just natural leaders. They’re not being elected because they’re a woman, but they’re going to break barriers where they haven’t been able to get there before.”Republicans were also optimistic on Wednesday about the chance of victories by Young Kim, the first Korean-American Republican woman elected to the California Legislature, and Michelle Steel, a first-generation Korean-American and member of the Orange County board of supervisors, who were challenging Democratic incumbents in tight races in California.Democrats, for their part, added to the diversity of their ranks with victories by Cori Bush, the first Black woman elected to represent Missouri in Congress, and Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, both New York Democrats who became the first openly gay Black men to be elected to Congress. Mr. Torres is also the first openly gay Afro-Latino elected to Congress. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ETlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-CREIGHTON-ZEGAROWSKICreighton hoping Zegarowski ready for NCAA TournamentOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski was scheduled to have knee surgery Wednesday and the Bluejays hope to have him available for the NCAA Tournament next week.Zegarowski injured the meniscus in his right knee late in the seventh-ranked Bluejays’ game against Seton Hall on Saturday.Zegarowski has started 30 of 31 games and is second on the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game. — Joel Embiid (ehm-BEED’) had 30 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a sprained left shoulder, leading the 76ers to a 124-106 romp over the Pistons. Philadelphia played its eighth straight game without guard Ben Simmons, who will be out three more weeks with nerve issues in his lower back.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNo fans at NCAA men’s women’s hoops tournaments.UNDATED (AP) — March Madness is giving way to March Silence.NCAA President Mark Emmert says its Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Emmert said in a statement that he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments with only essential staff and limited family in attendance. The decision comes after the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel of medical experts recommended against playing sporting events open to the general public.Emmert says canceling the two tournaments was considered.In other virus news:— Each of the Power Five basketball tournaments will proceed without fans beginning with Thursday’s games. ACC games will be played only with teams, player guests, limited school administrators and credentialed media present. Big 12 squads will be allowed 125 tickets on a game-by-game basis beginning with Thursday’s quarterfinals. Big Ten attendance will be limited to team personnel, conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media and immediate family members of the participating teams. The SEC also says fans will be kept out of all regular-season events on its campuses and other league championships through at least March 30.— The Mariners are moving their home games out of Seattle for the rest of March in an effort to slow the coronavirus outbreak. The Mariners and Major League Baseball have not announced where they will play the team’s season-opening, four-game series against the Texas Rangers scheduled for March 26-29. NCAA-LAWSUIT3 former track athletes suing NCAA, coach over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three former student-athletes who say they were sexually abused by a track coach are suing the NCAA, its board of governors and a coach. They allege the NCAA didn’t do enough to protect its athletes. Erin Aldrich, Londa Bevins and Jessica Johnson are seeking class action status for the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in California. The women say they were sexually abused by John Rembao while he worked at the University of Texas and the University of Arizona. They want the suit to include any NCAA student-athlete at any member school since 1992 who say they were put at risk by the inaction of the NCAA.SOCCER-USNWTU.S. Soccer apologizes for claims concerning women’s national team The decision was announced after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, and only hours after the majority of the league’s owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas. A person with knowledge of the situation said the player who tested positive was Jazz center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’).The league says it will use the hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward regarding the pandemic.The test result was reportedly short before the scheduled tip-off of the Jazz-Thunder game in Oklahoma City Wednesday. Players were on the floor for warmups and the opening tip was moments away when they were told to return to their locker rooms. Fans were told about 30 minutes later that the game was postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances.”Checking out Wednesday’s other news from NBA courts:— Devonte’ Graham scored 30 points and the Hornets prevented the Heat from clinching a playoff berth by rallying past Miami, 109-98. Caleb Martin scored 19 and Charlotte shook off an early 20-point deficit before winning for the fifth time in its last seven road games. UNDATED (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones is joining the free agent market after 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins.The team has decided to release Jones next Wednesday, the first day of NFL free agency. The move had been expected because Jones battled injuries in recent seasons and played in just four games in 2019 for new coach Brian Flores.GOLF-HALL OF FAMETiger Woods elected to the World Golf Hall of FamePONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Already among the greatest on the golf course, Tiger Woods will join them in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Woods was elected Wednesday by a Hall of Fame selection committee. He will be part of the 2021 class that will be inducted next year at the home of the PGA Tour. The Hall of Fame criteria was changed recently to lower the minimum age to 45 when players are inducted. The selection was hardly a surprise. No one has more than his 82 PGA Tour victories, and his 15 majors are second only to Jack Nicklaus. — The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that Thursday game against Pittsburgh would be limited “to home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials.” The Blue Jackets are the first NHL team to say they’ll hold home games without fans in the stands.— The Ivy League has canceled all spring sports, as many of its schools told students not to return from spring break and prepare for classes to be taught online. The league already had canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.— Italian soccer club Juventus says one of its players, defender Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for COVID-19. Rugani also plays for the Italian national team and is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the disease.— NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations.— The last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup season have been canceled because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus. The decision hands Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGAN STATE-DANTONIOEx-Spartans football staffer suesDETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan State football staff member has filed a lawsuit in which he accused former coach Mark Dantonio of violating NCAA rules by contacting players at other schools to try to get them to transfer.Curtis Blackwell also suggested in his suit that Dantonio had another team’s practice recorded.The suit names Dantonio, former school President Lou Anna Simon, former athletic director Mark Hollis and current athletic director Bill Beekman as defendants. Update on the latest sports Blue Jackets to play in nearly empty arenaDENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche will be without top scorer Nathan MacKinnon for at least a week after he suffered a lower body injury. MacKinnon was hurt during the second period in Monday’s game against the Kings in Los Angeles. The center ranks among the league’s top 10 with 35 goals, 58 assists and 93 points. MacKinnon has a career-high 29 multi-point games this season, the most by an Avalanche player since Peter Forsberg in 2002-03.The Avs will have defenseman Cale Makar back in the lineup when they face the Rangers tonight. Makar has been out the last five games with an upper body injury. He’s second among rookies with 47 points.NFL-NEWS2-time Pro Bowler Reshad Jones to be released by Dolphins UNDATED (AP) — U.S. Soccer has issued an apology for an assertion that drew widespread criticism.The federation made claims in court documents that women on its national team did not have the same responsibilities or physical abilities as their male counterparts. The USSF said the women claimed their ability level is the same as the men “by ignoring the materially higher level of speed and strength required to perform the job of an MNT player.”The statement from U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro came hours after Coca-Cola denounced the federation for its stance.MLB-NEWSElbow woes sideline Goldschmidt Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULENBA suspending season amid coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — The NBA season will be suspended until further notice following tonight’s schedule. March 11, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be out for several more games because of a sore right elbow. Goldschmidt’s throwing was limited by the Cardinals during the start of spring training, and he made his first two exhibition starts as a designated hitter. He has not played since Sunday. The six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner is hitting .300 with two homers in 20 spring training at-bats.In other MLB news:— Mets outfielder Michael Conforto would not speculate whether he could return for the March 26 opener against Washington due to an oblique strain. Conforto was injured Saturday against the Nationals and returned to New York on Monday night.— The Rangers have placed left-hander Yohander Méndez on the suspended list for violating his contract by seeking unauthorized outside medical care. Méndez has been held out of spring training game action with left shoulder inflammation. The 25-year-old Méndez appeared in just three big league games last year due to an elbow injury. He was expected to compete for a bullpen spot this spring.NHL-NEWSlast_img read more