Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Election In a Landslide

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee at their Mt. Kisco polling site

Two Muslim women have been elected to the House of Representatives for the first time.

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

Her win beats the previous record held by Republican congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a former White House aide to president George W. Bush who was first elected to an upstate NY constituency in 2014 aged 30.

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

Women in key swing districts across the country delivered congressional victories to the Democratic Party Tuesday, helping to shift the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives for the remaining two years of the Trump presidency.

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

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"ICE was just established in 2003 and it was established outside of the U.S. Department of Justice, so a lot of this disturbing behavior we are seeing - parents can separated from their children, people getting picked up on the street - it's happening outside of the Justice Department", Ocasio-Cortez said in the June interview.

"It is a privilege and an honor to say that we have also elected the youngest woman in American history to serve in Congress", she told supporters in New York City Tuesday night.

In Massachusetts, Ayanna Pressley ran unopposed as a Democrat and became the first black woman to represent the commonwealth in Congress.

Deb Haaland, also a Native American, was also elected a congresswoman. The news conference participants called on Obama to "go bold and go big" and to use his executive authority to reform immigration if Congress could not get the job done.

Women in general had a record-breaking night in the House, with more than 90 of them expected to join the House's freshman class.

Democrats won women's vote for Congress by 19 points, with 59 per cent voting Democrat and 40 per cent voting Republican - the largest margin seen in midterm exit polls, according to data from CNN.

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There are also now nine female governors, matching the record set in 2004.

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.

Ocasio-Cortez's district, New York's 14th, has a foreign-born population that is now nearing almost 50 percent.

Omar is a former Somali refugee who spent the last four years as a state legislator pushing a progressive agenda, including a US$15 minimum wage and subsidising higher education costs for low-income students.

There was also an historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans. About 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat in the race, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican candidate.

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