USA midterms: Candidates who made history

Congresswoman elect Ayanna Pressley greets volunteers at the Cambridge Democratic Headquarters

(5) Cindy Hyde-Smith won a plurality in MS and is heavily favored to win her runoff election to become the first woman ever elected to the US Senate from her state.

As of early Wednesday morning, CNN projected 98 women would win House races, with 33 women newly elected to the House and 65 female incumbents.

"Enjoy the feeling, because you DID IT!" "We ran to make change". Stevens texted Underwood last month. At her watch party in Morris Park, she stressed that health care and other reforms are at the top of her list when she takes office next year.

The first Muslim women have been elected to Congress, with Democrat Rashida Tlaib winning in MI and Ilhan Omar winning in Minnesota.

■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.

For starters, this will be the most female Congress in history, with at least 117 out of 535 seats held by women - and of those, 98 will be Democrats. Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee, will be the first Somali-American in Congress. Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Debra Haaland of New Mexico became the first Native American women elected to Congress. Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, ousted Tea Party Republican Dave Brat in Virginia.

Liberal activist Marisa Kabas tweeted, "white women uphold white supremacy through their vote. they have no qualms about hurting women of color, and that's an objective truth".

In the two years since Hillary Clinton's defeat, something remarkable has happened in American politics. Soon after that, many of those women formed local Indivisible groups aimed at using Tea Party-style tactics to pressure their local representatives. Such representation is particularly marked when President Trump has made flagrant anti-Muslim bigotry a key part of his political rhetoric, and some state-level Republicans are attempting to disenfranchise Native Americans en masse with Jim Crow tactics.

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

16 women nominated for Governor (of the 36 states electing one today). Women led the opposition to the GOP plan to kill the ACA.

There are now more women governors, as well.

Georgia governor's race candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, and Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum was bidding to become the first black governor of Florida. It has always been the party of all Americans, but especially women and minorities, and that fact is beginning to be represented in their elected officials.

For this wave of women leaders, the next few years are going to be about much more than stereotypical women's issues.

Deb Haaland is one of the first Native American woman to win a seat in Congress. Haaland, a Democrat, will represent New Mexico's 1st Congressional District.

Stevens addressed supporters Tuesday night after spending most of the night playing Scrabble with her mother as returns poured in.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will become the youngest female ever elected to Congress, winning her NY district at age 29.

"Well, on the departure of Jeff Sessions I would say: bigot exit stage left", she said.

"Together, we made history!"

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