Midterms 2018: Firsts for women in the US House

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

The record-breaking number of women on ballots across the country included Republican Marsha Blackburn who was quick to thank voters for electing her the first woman ever to represent Tennessee in the United States Senate. Stefanik was previously the youngest person ever elected, as she was 30 when she won her first campaign in 2014.

In the past few months, Ocasio-Cortez had traveled around the country to places including Kansas and California to stump for other candidates as part of an effort to move the Democratic party further to the political left.

The newcomer had edged out longtime Congressman Joe Crowley in a Democratic primary earlier this year. Women were 21 points more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans in House races - 60 percent voted for Democrats, to 38 percent who voted for Republicans.

Texas, for example, had a chance to send its first Hispanic woman to Congress.

With results still trickling in, at least 120 women will serve in Congress, a record 98 in the House of Representatives and 22 in the Senate, says the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in New York's 14th district on Tuesday night, according to The Associated Press.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib from MI became the first two Muslim women to win election to Congress. Several were first-time candidates.

Sharice Davids, congresswoman-elect for Kansas' 3rd district.Deb Haaland, congresswoman-elect for New Mexico's 1st district.

In the first major race called Tuesday night, Lou Leon Guerrero was elected as Guam's governor, becoming the first woman to do so. There are six women governors, and the record is nine, which was reached in 2004 and 2007.

Former Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill flipped New Jersey's 11th away from Republican Jay Webber, giving Democrats control of the district for the first time in 36 years. "Tonight, just in suburban Philadelphia, in the Lehigh Valley where I'm speaking from, four women won in a really tight area". The vast majority of women elected are Democrats. Fifty-two percent of white women voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, and studies show female support for the president has held consistently, although college educated white women generally oppose Trump. Tlaib, a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives, faced two opponents in the race: Green Party candidate D. Etta Wilcoxon and Working Class Party candidate Sam Johnson.

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