Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat rock star makes history

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins election to New York’s 14th congressional district

The record-breaking number of women on ballots across the country included Republican Marsha Blackburn who was quick to thank voters for electing her the first woman ever to represent Tennessee in the United States Senate.

What is already the most diverse Congress ever could become even more so after Tuesday's elections and will include several trailblazers.

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will become the first Muslim women in Congress.

Republican Kristi Noem beat out Democrat Billie Sutton in the unexpectedly close South Dakota governor's race, and she will be sworn in next year as the first woman elected to the state's highest office. Tlaib also becomes the first Palestinian-American in Congress and Omar the first Somali-American.

A native of the Bronx who attended Boston University, Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and a community organizer who worked on Sen.

Last night Ocasio-Cortez marked her win with the speech, transcribed above. Her upset drew comparisons to progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory in a New York House primary in June. I'll leave you with some hot takes about white women, who voted Republican last night.

Women have never held more than 84 of the 435 seats in the House. Underwood texted Stevens after she won her August primary (she also reminded her to clear her voicemail because it would fill up quickly.) "Keep fighting".

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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.

It was the culmination of two years of anger, frustration and activism driven by women appalled by Donald Trump's election and presidency.

"With our rights under assault, with our freedoms under siege, it's not just good enough to see the Democrats back in power, but it matters who those Democrats are", she said. Democrat women flipped MI and Kansas, defeating male Republican incumbents. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control.

In Colorado, Jared Polis will be the country's first openly gay man elected governor.

"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.

Ocasio-Cortez is also part of a historic number of women ― and a dramatic increase in women of colour specifically ― who won nominations in the 2018 midterms.

There are also now nine female governors, matching the record set in 2004. Houlahan was one of four female military veterans and political newcomers to win seats for Democrats; the others were Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey, and Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger in Virginia.

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