USA elects record number of women to House

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Boston Globe via Getty Images Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Republican Kristi Noem beat out Democrat Billie Sutton in the unexpectedly close South Dakota governor's race, and she will be sworn in next year as the first woman elected to the state's highest office.

More than 237 women House candidates - 185 of the Democrats - were on the ballot, including 71 incumbents, 46 seeking open seats and 120 challengers, according to CAWP.

"On the Democratic side, these races were viewed not only as a referendum on President Donald Trump, but also, in many cases, on his version of identity politics, which in its final days played to the fears of his base, a group that is largely white, male and Christian".

MI attorney Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota won their races handily to become the first Muslim women elected to Congress, with Omar being the first Somali-American to join the ranks. Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland were the first Native American women to be elected to Congress as well.

"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.

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Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Bronx resident, pulled off an upset in the primary, winning 57.5 of the vote against the veteran Crowley.

The gains among women on Capitol Hill come as potential Democratic candidates for president are already taking steps to challenge Trump, several prominent female Democrats among them.

Democrats were galvanized by #MeToo movement, which helped attract female voters and recruit more women to run for office.

"We are the ones we've been waiting for!" Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas.

In split-gender races, women have won 65 races and lost 101, but this is not necessarily a strong indication of gender bias. Nuñez, "when she takes office, will be the highest ranking Hispanic female in the history of the state of Florida", DeSantis said during his victory speech on Tuesday night.

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Much has been made of 2018's "year of the woman" status, as Democrats carried female voters by 19 points last night, exploiting a (+15) gender gap to win back the House and pick up a number of governorships.

"Women who had never run for anything stepped up to put their names on the ballot", she said.

"So for us, this is about inspiring people to the polls, giving them something to vote for, creating hope for this nation, and knowing that so long as there are working class Americans who believe in a prosperous and just future we will have hope, no matter how red the district", she said.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won House races in Texas, making them the first Latina women to ever represent the state. Elsewhere, the number of female governors expanded, with the Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham becoming the first Democratic woman of color elected governor in the US.

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