U.S. midterm polls: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

From the Women's March opposing President Donald Trump the day after he was inaugurated in January 2017 through a stream of sexual assault accusations later that year that sparked the (hash) MeToo movement, outrage and organizing by women have defined Democratic Party politics this election cycle.

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

Yesterday's election will ensure that the U.S. House of Representatives looks a lot more like the country it represents.

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will become the first Muslim women in Congress. Omar is also the first Somali-American congresswoman, while Tlaib is the chamber's first Palestinian-American.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year old Latina also became the youngest woman to serve in the US House after winning at the polls. Davids identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas as well. ME and South Dakota also elected their first female governors with Janet Mills and Kristi Noem, respectively.

But other women made gains in the Senate.

"We know more women will be going to Congress. and there will be sisters waiting for them who will lift them up".

Two women helped Democrats pick up seats in Florida: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala, a member of former President Bill Clinton's Cabinet.

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Republican Marsha Blackburn won a gruelling, expensive contest to become the first female United States senator from Tennessee.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrives on stage to speak to her supporters during her election night party in the Queens Borough of NY on November 6, 2018.

"Democratic women in particular and independent women, progressive women, upscale suburban women were clearly energised by the Trump victory and the Trump presidency in a negative way", said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake. Twenty-two states have never elected a woman as governor - six states have female governors now - and research has shown voters are more reluctant to choose women as chief executives than as legislators.

In a campaign advert, which garnered millions of views upon its release, she added: "Women like me aren't supposed to run for office".

The victory made her the national face of young, discontented Democrats - often women and minorities - trying to drag their party to the left.

"Nothing is more wholesome for our country, for our politics, for our campaigning than the increased participation of women in the electoral process", Nancy Pelosi, who's on track to be Democrats' pick for speaker of the House, said last month on CNN. Blackburn will be the first female senator to represent her state.

Candidates like Sherrill, McGrath and Katie Hill, who was running for a House seat in California, raised staggering amounts of money, though women still raised less, on average, than men.

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