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Midterms 2018: Firsts for women in the US House

08 November 2018, 02:15 | Glen Norman

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

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

On Wednesday's episode of "Pat Gray Unleashed", Pat Gray and Keith Malinak discussed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's pre-midterm interview with CNN reporter Jorge Ramos.

In her victory speech in September, she said: "These times demanded more from our leaders and from our party".

Yesterday's election will ensure that the U.S. House of Representatives looks a lot more like the country it represents. "Work hard to encourage the next generation of women who follow!"

These wins were mostly fueled by the Democratic Party, which put a record numbers of women on the ballot. BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 01: Boston City Councilor and Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley speaks at a rally calling on Sen.

She'll be joined by Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib - also a Muslim and the first Palestinian-American to serve Congress.

They mobilised on the grassroots level and played larger roles as donors than in previous election cycles. Research shows that women are more likely to raise policies related to women's health and family than men.

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Women also reached a record number in the United States Senate.

Davids also became the second-ever lesbian woman elected to Congress.

If Deb Haaland won her congressional race in New Mexico, she would become the first Native American woman elected to Congress and if Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won in Arizona, she would become the country's first openly bisexual senator. Women hold 84 out of 435 House seats, a record number.

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.

At 28 years old, Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic Socialist ideals of Medicare for all and free public college tuition have captured the attention of a younger liberal crowd.

Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids became the first Native American woman elected to Congress, defeating Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder. Democrat women flipped MI and Kansas, defeating male Republican incumbents.

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Comparing how many of each party's women candidates won their seats, the Democratic women were more successful, particularly in the Senate and House races.

Another important trend from this year's exits (and any year's) is how gender interacts with race and education.

Crowley was the No. 4 Democrat in the House and seen as a potential speaker one day.

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.

On Tuesday night Democrats won control of the House, delivering a major blow to Trump in the first election since he became president in 2016.

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