Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes history

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes history

ME and South Dakota also elected their first female governors with Janet Mills and Kristi Noem, respectively.

With most of the results now known, women in the USA have achieved a number of significant firsts and played a major role in shifting the figures in Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez could lose her title of the youngest woman elected to Congress in a matter of hours.

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

After Tuesday's elections, a record number of women will serve in Congress come January 2019. With the win, Rojas said, the progressive movement challenging the establishment of the Democratic Party has shown it "can unseat Democrats who are ideologically and demographically out-of-touch with their voters and forced Democratic elected across the country to stiffen their spines".

Several women Democrats captured governorships now held by Republicans, including Laura Kelly in Kansas and Gretchen Whitmer in MI. U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn defeated the state's former Governor, Democrat Phil Bredesen.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - the 29-year-old socialist who became a media darling over the summer after beating a 10-term NY incumbent in the Democratic primary - is headed to the U.S. House of Representatives with a resounding victory in Tuesday's general election, Yahoo News reported.

Also Massachusetts, Democrat Ayanna Pressley will be the first woman of colour in her state's congressional delegation.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas.

With results still coming in, 94 women have won or are projected to win their House races as of early Wednesday morning, up from the current 84.

The Democrats may not have gotten quite the blue wave they were hoping for ー but for women in politics, Election Day was an indisputable success. Several were first-time candidates.

Democrat Ilhan Omar will serve as the nation's first Somali-American Congresswoman.

Ocasio-Cortez, a community organizer and former bartender, will represent New York's 14th Congressional District, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens. "The first role of women as military flyers was during World War II as Women Airforce Service Pilots, an organization disbanded after the war", Colonel McSally said. About 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat in the race, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican candidate.

Many first-time candidates this year were inspired to run for office, at least in part, by the 2016 presidential election - both the fact that the first female major-party nominee ever lost, and that Donald Trump, who is very unpopular among women (particularly Democratic women), won. The share of women identifying as Democrats or leaning Democratic is up 4 percentage points since 2015 and is at one of its highest points since 1992.

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