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US Midterm elections: What is the scenery?

The results leave a divided Congress with a House of Representatives in the hands of the Democratic Party and a Senate with a Republican majority

US Midterm elections: What is the scenery?

The results of the mid-term legislative elections in the United States, marked by high participation and discontent with Donald Trump, one of the most unpopular and divisive rulers in recent history, leave a divided congress with a house of representatives in hands of the Democratic Party and a Senate with a Republican majority.

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According to Luis Fajardo's analysis for the BBC, this Democratic majority in the House means that until the presidential elections of 2020, Trump will not be able to pass a single new law of importance in the rest of his term without his initiatives being blocked. .

The electoral campaign focused on immigration, health care, the economy and arms control. The governors of 36 of the 50 states and their respective local congresses were voted and the 435 seats of the House of Representatives were renewed, as well as 35 of the 100 seats of the Senate.

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In addition, according to El País, the capitol won the largest number of female congressmen in its history; the first openly homosexual governor of the country was elected in Colorado and a congress with more racial and religious diversity was formed than ever: Ilhan Omar, born in Somalia in 1981, and Rashida Tlaib, daughter of Palestinian immigrants, will be the first Muslims in Congress .

On the other hand, in January, two natives will be sitting in the House of Representatives for the first time: Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, El Espectador account.

Colombian women make history

Jessica Ramos, Julia Salazar and Catalina Cruz became the first Colombians to occupy such important positions in US politics. The three women are part of "the insurgents", a movement led by the Puerto Rican Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

According to the Diario de Cauca, Ramos, of Colombian parents but born in the United States, won with the Democratic Party and among its objectives is to defend the LGBTI and migrant community.

Julia Salazar defeated veteran state Senator Martin Malave Dilan, who had been in the State Assembly for more than 25 years.

Cruz, born in Medellín but displaced by violence and organized crime, settled in New York and won a seat in District 39 of the state assembly.

"The change seems to be within our reach," Ramos said in a conversation with El Espectador on Wednesday after his victory was confirmed.

"We made double history because for the first time a dreamer and a Colombian came to this position," Cruz said in a conversation with RCN Radio.

 

LatinAmerican Post | Luisa Fernanda Báez

Translated from: 'Elecciones legislativas en Estados Unidos: ¿Cuál es el panorama?'

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