US Senate elections: Hillary makes history

The din of the US presidential elections drowned in its clamour the race for the Senate that was being held on the side. The sole exception to this case was the election of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the only First Lady to have ever been elected to Legislature. Akrita Reyar reports.

By Akrita Reyar | Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014, 15:35 PM IST

The din of the US presidential elections drowned in its clamour the race for the Senate that was being held on the side. The sole exception to this case was the election of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the only First Lady to have ever been elected to Legislature. Akrita Reyar reports.

The United States Senate is a 100-member body, represented by 2 members from each state barring Columbia. The more recently elected member from the state is called the junior minister. Each member serves as Senator for a period of 6 years. Unlike India, the members of this Upper House are directly elected by popular vote. Election is held to one-third of the Senate every two years. This year, up for grabs, were 34 seats of this powerful body. But what made this year’s elections special was the fact that US First Lady Hillary Clinton was contesting for a Senate seat from New York. The task was to be an uphill one. One, she is not a New Yorker. Two, she has no experience of Office. Then, there were other controversies. She outraged the Jewish community by kissing Suha Arafat, wife of Yasser Arafat. At the same time, the Muslims pulled out the dagger when she returned contributions from the Arab-Americans. Above all, she had formidable foes. First there was Rudolp Giuliani, the Republican Mayor from New York. He bowed out following a personal scandal. It was also detected that he had cancer. It was then that Rick A Lazio stepped out from the shadows. A New Yorker to the core, he embarked upon a fiery campaign. But to fight to the end is in Hillary's bones. She hadn’t abandoned her promising career as an attorney for nothing. In the past, she not only emerged from the Lewinsky scandal looking dignified, she also amassed enormous public sympathy. Some see Hillary as a scheming woman, who only stuck to her husband because she had larger goals in mind. Whatever the case, with this victory, Hillary Clinton has created history. Not just as the first First Lady to hold office but also as the first woman Senator to represent New York. But is the Senate a full-stop on her career graph or a mere comma? With the Senate seat under her belt, she can set her eyes on the White House - this time - on the power seat. For Hillary Rodham Clinton, the journey may have just begun! Bureau Report