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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes history

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes history

New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will win her general election race easily and become the youngest woman ever in Congress, CNN has projected.

Women won more seats than ever before in the US House after a record number of female candidates were on ballots across the country, fueled by Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump.

A record number of women from diverse backgrounds have made history in the U.S. midterm election by being voted into the House of Representatives.

In defeating Democrat Phil Bredesen, GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator, MA sent the state's first black woman to Congress in Democrat Ayanna Pressley and Texas elected their first two Latinas to Congress, sending Democrats Veronica Escobar of El Paso and Sylvia Garcia of Houston to the House. The inclusive midterm victories bode well for future election cycles, said Kimberly Peeler-Allen, co-founder of Higher Heights for America, a national organization focused on galvanizing black women voters and electing black women as candidates. Numerous 237 women on the ballot in this election were facing entrenched incumbents who typically enjoy a major advantage in fundraising and name recognition.

All three women say they have a lot to do once they get into office, or are back in office, and that they can't wait to get to work. A self-styled progressive, Tlaib is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and was arrested two years ago for disrupting a Trump speech in Detroit. He also holds right-leaning views on gun control and abortion, which helped in a solid-red state.

She unseated four-term Republican Kevin Roder, a strong Trump ally.

Reuters/Ipsos polling two weeks ahead of Election Day showed Democrats with a 5-percentage-point lead over Republicans among likely voters in the elections, where control of Congress is at stake.

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The running tally included at least a dozen Republicans - among them Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Washington and Republican Carol Miller in West Virginia - and at least 80 Democrats.

And several of the female candidates broke records of their own.

The House will gain two Latina congresswomen from Texas, the Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia.

The Republican incumbent lost her bid for a second term, going down to Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. for clerk of Rowan County in north-eastern Kentucky. Others included Rep. Marsha Blackburn, running for Senate in Tennessee, and Rep. Martha McSally, who sought to replace retiring Sen.

Democrat Mike Espy, who will face Mississippi Republican Rep. Cindy Hyde-Smith in a December runoff, could become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction.

- Jared Polis: The first openly gay man elected governor. There are six women governors, and the record is nine, which was reached in 2004 and 2007.

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