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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezis is the youngest woman elected to Congress.

For starters, there looks set to be at least 100 women in the House of Representatives for the first time, with 95 already declared winners while other races are still being counted (including a number of races where both candidates are female).

Rising left-wing rock star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history on Tuesday, November 6, as the youngest woman elected to Congress, in a safe Democratic Party stronghold in New York, US media projected.

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. In Georgia, the race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams - who is vying to be the first black woman governor in the US - and Republican Brian Kemp remains too close to call. Stacey Abrams of Georgia, who had hoped to become the first black woman in the country to be elected governor, was trailing her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, early Wednesday. Tlaib also becomes the first Palestinian-American in Congress and Omar the first Somali-American.

"Having extra women in these institutions makes just a little bit more cultural change in how things are done", says Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily's List, which works to elect pro-choice women Democrats.

Pressley's September win had assured her victory Tuesday night, with only the unlikely possibility of a write-in candidate to defeat her.




Trump was elected by the largest gender gap on record, and women have moved even more leftward throughout the first two years of his presidency, even as men have gravitated toward the Republican Party.

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

The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections. In five states - Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Washington and Wisconsin - female candidates challenged sitting female senators.

Among the new lawmakers headed to the House is Jennifer Wexton, a Virginia state senator who defeated incumbent Barbara Comstock in one of the most closely watched races across the country.

Election Day brought some big and historic wins for Democrats across NY.

Ayanna Pressley has made history as Massachusetts's first black congresswoman. Women make up roughly a third of the Democratic caucus, so they'll have a more powerful voice in the majority than Republicans had when they controlled the House, according to Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. He also holds right-leaning views on gun control and abortion, which helped in a solid-red state.


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