History made as two Muslim women elected to House of Representatives

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

The first ever openly LGBT governor, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a bisexual woman, won her re-election bid Tuesday as well.

In January, both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House will feature a far different makeup than previous years, as voter turnout surged this cycle.

With some races yet to be called, 95 women had been elected to the House as of early Wednesday morning.

Data from The Associated Press showed that 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates this year. Ocasio-Cortez celebrated her victory in Queens last night.

Ocasio-Cortez could lose her title of the youngest woman elected to Congress in a matter of hours. Most were considered longshots.

In May, when asked if they approved or disapproved of the way Trump was handling his presidency, 47 percent of men and 43 percent of women approved.

"I am so honored to share both the ballot and the stage with the many visionary, bold women who have raised their hand to run for public office", said Ayanna Pressley, who became the first black woman elected to Congress from MA. "We ran to make change. The significance of history is not lost on me, including my personal one". Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas.

Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state. Polis is also the state's first Jewish governor.

The Hawkeye State has never sent a woman to the House - until now. This year, women tied the record for most governor's seats women have ever held - nine - a number that was previously reached in 2004 and 2007. Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams refuses to concede the Georgia governor's race to Republican candidate Brian Kemp. She won the general election after running unopposed.

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Corker, the outgoing senator, had backed Blackburn but refused to campaign against Bredesen, whom he considers a friend. "We want to congratulate Senator-elect Blackburn on a hard-fought victory and look forward to her working in the U.S.

"When it comes to women of color candidates, folks don't just talk about a glass ceiling - what they describe is a concrete one".

Sharice Davids became one of the first Native American members of Congress. Davids, an attorney and advocate, will represent Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, which covers eastern Kansas and includes Kansas City.

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

Before Tuesday's elections, women made up a record 20% of Congress - 23% of the Senate and 19% of the House. Ballots were still being counted in California and Nevada.

"Powered by a massive turnout of women and fuelled by our incredible candidates, House Democrats gained several seats in the heartland", Democratic representative Cheri Bustos of IL said in a statement Tuesday night after House control was called for Democrats.

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.

"In district after district and led by a huge turnout from women voters, seats have been flipped - ousting Republicans who have failed their constituents and electing women at a record-setting pace to take their places", said Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily's List, a political organization that helps elect Democratic women. "Now, senator will do". Others included Rep. Marsha Blackburn, running for Senate in Tennessee, and Rep. Martha McSally, who sought to replace retiring Sen. Tammy Baldwin held off a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir, but her fellow Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated by their Republican opponents.

On the Democratic side, these races were viewed not only as a referendum on President Trump, but in many cases on his version of identity politics, which in its final days played to the fears of his base, a group that is largely white, male and Christian. "Work hard to encourage the next generation of women who follow!"

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