These Women Made History in the Midterms

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

Women were also elected governors in Iowa, Maine and South Dakota for the first time, as well as in the territory of Guam.

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

Ayanna Pressley, congresswoman-elect for Massachusetts' 7th district.

Women have run in record numbers, and Native Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, millennials and LGBT candidates have already made history with their campaigns.

Last night, Donna Brazille, a strategist on CNN said a record number of 38 women of color will be serving in Congress (35 Democrats, three Republicans).

Going into the midterm elections, 19 per cent of the Governor, Senate and House seats were held by women.

Having turned 29 last month, Ocasio-Cortez will inch out the previous holder of the distinction, New York Democratic Rep. Elise Stefanik, who was elected to Congress at age 30.

MI attorney Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota won their races handily to become the first Muslim women elected to Congress, with Omar being the first Somali-American to join the ranks. Research shows that women are more likely to raise policies related to women's health and family than men.

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Kate Brown, who is bisexual, became the first openly LGBT person elected governor in 2016 when she won her OR race.

American voters have elected many men in their 20s to Congress, but Ocasio-Cortez could become the youngest woman to join the House.

There are also now nine female governors, matching the record set in 2004.

Ocasio-Cortez, a community organizer and former bartender, will represent New York's 14th Congressional District, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won House races in Texas, making them the first Latina women to ever represent the state. They also picked up two more firsts for Congress: Tlaib is the first-ever Palestinian-American and Omar the first Somalian-American to serve in that office.

That's a big part of the story of 2018: many demographic groups swinging far more Democratic than they did in 2014, a wave year for Republicans. About 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat in the race, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican candidate.

In the House, 237 women were on the ballot as major-party candidates.

"Women voters were pivotal", said Molly O'Rourke, a professor of political communication at American University. She became a progressive star after her upset primary victory over Republican Joseph Crowley, a high-ranking House Democrat.

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