New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

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

Her victory in the US midterm elections on Monday makes her the youngest woman ever to win election to Congress.

Many jumped into politics, outraged that Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, often considered the most qualified presidential candidate in history, while boasting of grope and accused of sexual misconduct.

Georgia candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, while Democrat Andrew Gillum narrowly lost his bid to become the first black governor of Florida.

Once you add those to the handful of women Senators and Governors who did not have to face the electorate in these midterms (as only some positions were contested), the proportion of women now in power goes up to around 22 per cent. Women were 21 points more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans in House races - 60 percent voted for Democrats, to 38 percent who voted for Republicans.

Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland picked up Congressional seats for Democrats in Kansas and New Mexico Tuesday night, making them the first Native American women elected to Congress in history. He says the role women played in this election lived up to expectations. White men with college degrees, meanwhile, were evenly split, and whites without degrees voted strongly Republican, according to CNN's exit polls.

If more than 84 of those women candidates won on Tuesday, it would set a record for the number of women serving in the House.

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

The age barrier was cracked on Tuesday as well, with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, 29, earning her spot as the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Democrat house candidate Sharice Davids reacts before speaking to supporters at a victory party in Olathe, Kan., Nov. 6, 2018.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, both Democrats, will be the first Muslim-American women to serve in the House.

Blackburn will become the first woman to represent Tennessee in the Senate.

After some key Republican victories, Ingraham concluded that the reason Republicans were winning was that they've embraced President Trump, whereas the reason Democrats were losing was that they've become the party of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who was elected to Congress Tuesday. Democrats celebrated the victory as Guerrero's win also meant a blue flip for the USA island territory.

Crowley was the No. 4 Democrat in the House and seen as a potential speaker one day. One year ago, she was working in a restaurant, she ran a grassroots campaign with a progressive agenda including universal medicare, gun control and access to affordable housing.

Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily Democratic district in Minneapolis, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress.

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