Women candidates make history in USA 2018 midterm elections

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Holtzman was also from NY, meaning the Empire State has sent the three youngest women to congress in the past half century.

"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.

"Nothing is more wholesome for our country, for our politics, for our campaigning than the increased participation of women in the electoral process", Nancy Pelosi, who's on track to be Democrats' pick for speaker of the House, said last month on CNN.

Michelle Lujan Grisham waves to supporters following her acceptance speech in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A swath of candidates broke down barriers with victories in Tuesday's midterm elections - sending seismic shifts through the halls of Congress and across state-level contests. Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans. According to VoteCast, women voted considerably more in favor of their congressional Democratic candidate: about 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican.

Several will represent districts that are majority white and that have been historically conservative, their victories a rejection of conventional wisdom on electability and the effects of gerrymandering that have historically assigned elected officials of color to represent minority communities. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI will be the first Muslim congresswomen. But after 20 years of the same representation, we have to ask: "who has NY been changing for?" she asks in a promotional video for her campaign.

"I didn't run because my election would be historic. The significance of history is not lost on me". With some 80 percent of precincts reporting, Ocasio-Cortez has earned 79 percent of the vote, far outpacing the 13 percent going to her Republican rival.

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Voters in Minnesota and MI elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.

Omar, in addition to being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, will also be the first Somali-American member.

Women also contested governor's races across the country.

A Republican who served in the House will become the first woman to represent Tennessee in the Senate. In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn kept an open Senate seat in Republican hands and helped affirm her party's control in the chamber.

She is also a fierce abortion opponent, with an A rating from the National Right to Life movement during her time in the House.

Jared Polis easily won his bid for Colorado's gubernatorial seat Tuesday night and in doing so became the first openly gay man ever elected as governor.

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