AOC, ‘Squad’ members cruise to easy victories in safe districts
ALBANY, Ga., USA, March 25 (UPI) — For the most part, the four young women who would each step into their own congressional districts could have little doubt about what the elections meant to them. But in this election, they are not the only team on the field.
After two years of training and the early stages of campaigning, many of the 18- to 23-year-old women who, after winning their respective races, will be among the first female members of the United States Congress are more eager for their next challenge — and that’s winning the hearts and minds of the voters back home.
They certainly were in the race to replace retiring Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, which was just beginning to take on a life of its own.
All over the nation, the four young women who beat incumbents with the support of the Tea Party movement had been outspent by their opponents, but they managed as the first four congressional races ended their campaigns on Tuesday night to sweep to easy victories to serve the citizens of their home districts.
It was the kind of run the women who run businesses, serve as students’ parents and who were the first female members of the New York Police Department would likely have hoped for.
“I’ve never had four women in the same race,” said Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis. “I would have thought there would have been at least one female in that race. We got four.”
The new members, and their families, went to work from Wednesday morning to their first votes on Saturday. And they have had a long way to cover before they got there.
“My first experience was actually last Friday,” said Mary Catherine Wallace, the 21-year-old congressional candidate for Rep. John Carter, R-Fla. “It was an amazing experience. It’s been a little bit like being on a rocket ship. You’re being pushed to learn what the other side is thinking.”
While the women all went on to