Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

United States midterm polls: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

United States midterm polls: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

(2) Kristi Noem became the first woman in South Dakota history to be elected governor.

Women are also harder working. BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 01: Boston City Councilor and Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley speaks at a rally calling on Sen. He argued that the reason Democrats won a majority in the House is "not because they went far left", pointing to moderate candidates like Virginia's Abigail Spanberger, who unseated Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) in a surprise victory.

A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA.

Around 80 per cent of the women candidates in this election were defending their seats, and around 70 per cent held them.

Women made history in the 2018 midterm elections.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will become the youngest female ever elected to Congress, winning her NY district at age 29.

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. "We ran to make change".

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing upstate NY, was previously the youngest, elected in 2014 at age 30.

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And several of the female candidates broke records of their own.

In races still too close to call, Abrams, if elected, would become the first female African-American governor in USA history, and in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar both became America's first Muslim women to sit in the House of Representatives.

Like Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley cast her election as part of a need for better representation in the era of the #MeToo movement. Democrats celebrated the victory as Guerrero's win also meant a blue flip for the US island territory.

(3) Marsha Blackburn became the first female US Senator from Tennessee.

There was also a historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans. "In 1984, I was attending the U.S. Air Force Academy and told my first flight instructor that I was going to be a fighter pilot".

In the Senate, female Democrats lost some important races. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis handily defeated Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton in the Colorado governor's race Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay man to be elected governor in the United States.

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