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Record number of women win in the House

Record number of women win in the House

The Democrats may not have gotten quite the blue wave they were hoping for ー but for women in politics, Election Day was an indisputable success.

Those numbers led to history on several fronts Tuesday.

Though a few months older than Ocasio-Cortez, Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, along with fellow candidate Cindy Axne, won a different distinction as the first women Iowa has ever sent to the House.

In rapid succession, the House got its first two Muslim women: Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib. Arizona's race is still too close to call, but either way, the state will be sending its first woman to the Senate (Democrat Kyrsten Sinema or Republican Martha McSally.) Marsha Blackburn is Tennessee's first female senator, despite Taylor Swift's endorsement of her Democratic opponent, and by electing Jacky Rosen, Nevada became the fifth state to have two female senators.

The resignation of former Rep. John Conyers Jr. due to health concerns triggered an open seat, and Tlaib was unopposed in her contest. In 2016, she became the first Somali-American legislator in the country. Omar, elected from Minnesota, emigrated to the United States as a child after fleeing war-torn Somalia.

Kate Brown, who is bisexual, became the first openly LGBT person elected governor in 2016 when she won her OR race. 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. "In Colorado, we dream, we dare and we do, whether it's embracing big ideas or hiking our incredible mountains". We don't back down when something is challenging. Among those who see harassment as "not a serious problem", almost 8 in 10 voted Republican.

Polis will succeed Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is term-limited.

Democratic Colorado Governor-elect Jared Polis arrives onstage with running mate Dianne Primavera on November 6, 2018 in Denver.

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That means at least 117 women will serve in the 116th Congress, up from the current 107.

Davids mounted a longshot bid, challenging four-term Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder.

Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico won their races, becoming the first Native American women in Congress. Davids racked up another distinction as the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas.

According to data compiled by The Associated Press, 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates this year.

Raised by a single mother army veteran and a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation, Davids was a fellow in the Obama White House.

Ocasio-Cortez, a community organizer and former bartender, will represent New York's 14th Congressional District, which covers parts of the Bronx and Queens.

A number of women have also achieved significant firsts in their states, including Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia who become the first Latina Congresswomen in Texas, and Alyanna Pressley from MA, becoming her state's first black representative in Congress.

Three times as many women stood for the Democratic party as the Republican party - 211 for the Democrats and 64 for the Republicans.