The candidates who made history at the 2018 USA midterm elections

The candidates who made history at the 2018 USA midterm elections

The candidates who made history at the 2018 USA midterm elections

Holtzman was also from NY, meaning the Empire State has sent the three youngest women to congress in the past half century. BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 01: Boston City Councilor and Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley speaks at a rally calling on Sen.

Democrat Ayanna Pressley won her spot in the new Congress after beating out her Democrat primary opponent Mike Capuano, a 10-term congressman, in Massachusetts' 7th District.

Overall, the number of Republican women serving in Congress next term will slightly dip, partially because some female incumbents and candidates lost.

There are still some seats undecided in this week's vote, but to date, 117 women have won across the Senate, House and Governor elections.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Pardee '11) is the youngest woman ever elected to the United States Congress after winning New York's 14th Congressional District, comprised of the Bronx and Queens, on November 6, 2018.

First black woman from New England in Congress: Democrats Jahana Hayes of CT and Ayanna Pressley of MA will share the precedent as the first black women elected to the US Congress from New England.

Deb Haaland, also a Native American, was also elected a congresswoman. A record number will serve in the new Congress.

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She ran alongside Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, who beat Democrat Andrew Gillum in a high profile race that was one of the most closely watched nationally. Thus far, 82 of the 94 women elected to the House this year, as well as nine of the 12 elected to the Senate, are Democrats. While stiff historical headwinds were blowing in Republicans' faces, the opposition correctly read the political needs of the moment and recruited an array of strong female candidates who were primed to exploit widespread suburban dissatisfaction with the president.

Democrats Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Democrats won women's vote for Congress by 19 points, with 59 per cent voting Democrat and 40 per cent voting Republican - the largest margin seen in midterm exit polls, according to data from CNN.

For the first time, a pair of Native American congresswomen are headed to the House, in addition to two Muslim congresswoman.

There was also an historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans. There are more women in office now than ever before, and this is only the beginning.

Tuesday night's elections saw an influx of diversity "firsts" in the House of Representatives, ushered in by the record-breaking candidacies of women - specifically women of color - on the Democratic ticket.

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