Two Democratic candidates will become the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. Tlaib, who ran unopposed to represent Michigan's 17th congressional district, will become the first Palestinian-American congresswoman.
A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA.
The high-profile cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour meant several winners will take office as trailblazers, marking firsts for their race and gender.
Tuesday night's elections saw an influx of diversity "firsts" in the House of Representatives, ushered in by the record-breaking candidacies of women - specifically women of color - on the Democratic ticket.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will become the youngest female ever elected to Congress, winning her NY district at age 29.
(1) Kim Reynolds became the first woman in Iowa history to be elected governor. Although the House of Representatives fell under control of the Democrats, many were disappointed at the lack of greater electoral successes.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, is now the youngest woman elected to Congress. She did not face a challenger in the general election, making her the first black member of the House of Representatives from MA. Davids is also Kansas' first openly gay statewide representative.
She added that even women of colour who were unsuccessful will inspire a new crop of candidates, similar to the white women encouraged to run after Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential election loss.
Along with many other left-wing, progressives, Hill jumped to Twitter to note that O'Rourke lost because many white women did not vote for him on November 6.
She is a Democratic-Socialist who served on the state legislature from 2009 to 2014 and ran her congressional primary campaign supporting Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing Ice.
These wins were mostly fueled by the Democratic Party, which put a record numbers of women on the ballot. Women won at the state level across the country as well - in gubernatorial races, Laura Kelly beat notorious vote suppressor Kris Kobach in Kansas, Gretchen Whitmer beat Bill Schuette in MI, and Michelle Lujan Grisham beat Steve Pearce in New Mexico. A previous tally from Rutgers' Center for American Woman and Politics had the current record total of women in the House at 84 and the overall total including the Senate at 107.
In response to these posts, many felt that these comments were not only racially charged, but they were anti-feminist because they essentially relay that white women aren't capable of voting for issues that are important to women. And in several cases, the result was preordained one way or another because both major party candidates in a given race were women, as in the Arizona Senate contest.
(2) Kristi Noem became the first woman in South Dakota history to be elected governor.