Women and diversity win big in historic state and local elections

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is projected to become the youngest woman elected to the US Congress

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is projected to become the youngest woman elected to the US Congress More

They'll join a record 25 Democratic women who are heading to Congress for the first time after Tuesday night, helping Democrats take the House of Representatives even as the party lost key Senate and governors' races.

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.

Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress. Pressley stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organiser who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress.

■In Texas, Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia both won their House races, becoming the first Hispanic women from their state to serve in Congress. Escobar will serve the Sixteenth District, while Garcia will represent the Twenty-Ninth District. Two others - Sharice Davids in Kansas' 3rd District and Deb Haaland in New Mexico's 1st District - will become the first Native American women in the chamber.

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.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will become the youngest female ever elected to Congress, winning her NY district at age 29. Although the House of Representatives fell under control of the Democrats, many were disappointed at the lack of greater electoral successes. Stacey Abrams, one of 16 women running for governor this year, remains in a tight contest in Georgia.

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As of early Wednesday morning, CNN projected 98 women would win House races, with 33 women newly elected to the House and 65 female incumbents.

One self-described feminist claimed that women who voted for Republicans were the "foot soldiers of the patriarchy", but, luckily for white women, she is considering saving them from being "brainwashed" by men.

While women gained in the House, results were still uncertain in the Senate, where there are now 23 women serving. On Tuesday, James won her seat for New York State Attorney General.

At least 99 women will represent Americans in the House, surpassing the previous record of 84. "Have the awkward conversations, take the emotional labor off the backs of women who have more on their g***amn plate than we ever will. Do".

Diversity also won the day Tuesday with a record number of women of color headed to the halls of Congress.

White women have been a target of attack by progressives all year, but many such complaints surfaced during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was falsely accused of sexual harassment in October.

The gains among women on Capitol Hill come as potential Democratic candidates for president are already taking steps to challenge Trump, several prominent female Democrats among them. Republican women like Kristi L. Noem and Marsha Blackburn, on the other hand, made history but were reluctant to mention their gender on the campaign trail, preferring to focus on issues.

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