Midterms 2018: Firsts for women in the US House

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Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, both Democrats, will be the first Muslim-American women to serve in the House.

"I am so honored to share both the ballot and the stage with the many visionary, bold women who have raised their hand to run for public office", said Ayanna Pressley, who became the first black woman elected to Congress from MA.

This year's U.S. midterm elections have already made history, with a record number of women, Native Americans, and Muslim candidates running for office.

Ilhan Omar, congresswoman-elect for Minnesota's 5th district.Rashida Tlaib, congresswoman-elect for Michigan's 13th district.

Ocasio-Cortez, 28, became an overnight sensation this summer after her upset primary defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent who was the No. 4 Democrat in the House.

Female candidates won congressional seats and governorships in record numbers Tuesday night. The progressive challenger and member of the Democratic socialist party unseated a powerful 10-term NY congressman, running with a campaign ad that said: "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office".

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

The Democrats have flipped the house while the Republicans will continue to hold on to the Senate following the midterm elections in the United States.

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Georgia governor's race candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, and Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum was bidding to become the first black governor of Florida.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, congresswoman-elect for New York's 14th district.

Jahana Hayes similarly will join the freshman class as Connecticut's first black female representative.

Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico won their races, becoming the first Native American women in Congress. Davids racked up another distinction as the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas.

Texas is sending its first ever Hispanic women to congress, as Veronica Escobar snapped up Beto O'Rouke's old seat and state Sen. The attorney general is out, was he fired, did he resign, who knows?

It's a telling representation of the fact that, as The Intercept's Ryan Grim writes, the last two years of fervent anti-Trump organizing have been "largely led by women in support of women".

This year's swing was, in large part, because of independent women, who voted for Democratic candidates for the House, 56 per cent to 39 per cent, as well as white women, who have started voting differently in recent years, according to CNN's exit poll data. When she's sworn in, she'll be the youngest women to ever serve in Congress.

The gains among women on Capitol Hill come as potential Democratic candidates for president are already taking steps to challenge Trump, several prominent female Democrats among them. 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. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control.

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