Ayanna Pressley is officially Massachusetts’s first black congresswoman

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

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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).

On Tuesday, she defeated her Republican opponent to represent New York's Fourteenth District, which includes part of New York City.

The House of Representatives will have two Muslim women among its members for the first time.

■In Texas, Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia both won their House races, becoming the first Hispanic women from their state to serve in Congress. Escobar will serve the Sixteenth District, while Garcia will represent the Twenty-Ninth District. By early 2018, more than 42,000 women had reached out to Emily's List about running for office, and 356 women Democrats filed paperwork to run for Congress (120 Republican women filed to run).

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A lawyer and former MMA fighter, Davids became the first Native American congresswoman and the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas.

Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist, had previously worked on Bernie Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Women led a parade of victories and unexpected upsets Tuesday to win control of the House for the Democrats.

A number of women have also achieved significant firsts in their states, including Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia who become the first Latina Congresswomen in Texas, and Alyanna Pressley from MA, becoming her state's first black representative in Congress. About six in 10 voted for the Democrat, compared with four in 10 for the Republican. Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas. She was also one of awave of progressive female candidates of color committed to challenging the Democratic Party establishment from the left.

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.

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The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections.

Women won gubernatorial races in nine states.

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

Ayanna Pressley became the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives for MA - a state with that has a black population of only eight percent. Polis, who declared victory late Tuesday night, has always been outspoken in favour of marijuana legalisation. As candidates, women broke the rules and upended conventional political wisdom. He also holds right-leaning views on gun control and abortion, which helped in a solid-red state.

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