The massive firsts that just happened for women in the US

The massive firsts that just happened for women in the US

MA is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators as part of historic firsts following Tuesday's midterm elections.

What is already the most diverse Congress ever will become even more so after Tuesday's elections, which broke barriers of race and gender.

Ilhan Omar, congresswoman-elect for Minnesota's 5th district.Rashida Tlaib, congresswoman-elect for Michigan's 13th district.

A Republican who served in the House will become the first woman to represent Tennessee in the Senate. 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.

Georgia governor's race candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, and Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum was bidding to become the first black governor of Florida.

Women won more seats than ever before in the US House after a record number of female candidates were on ballots across the country, fueled by Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump.

Jahana Hayes similarly will join the freshman class as Connecticut's first black female representative.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, congresswoman-elect for New York's 14th district. The data showed that this year, white women split their vote between Democratic and Republican candidates for the House, but they preferred Republican candidates in 2010 and 2014. On Tuesday, she defeated her Republican opponent to represent New York's Fourteenth District, which includes part of New York City.

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"Together, we made history!"

Democrat Mike Espy, who will face Mississippi Republican Representative Cindy Hyde-Smith in a December runoff, could become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction.

And it's a mobilization that could lead to a Democratic majority that is more responsive to women's concerns.

Some conservatives on social media saw the irony of blaming white women for voting for a Hispanic candidate, simply because he's Republican. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state.

Tuesday's record wins for women happened not only in congressional races but all the way down the ballot, which could later set them up to run for higher office in the future.

More women ran in congressional primaries this year than ever before, mostly as Democrats. A previous tally from Rutgers' Center for American Woman and Politics had the current record total of women in the House at 84 and the overall total including the Senate at 107. And in several cases, the result was preordained one way or another because both major party candidates in a given race were women, as in the Arizona Senate contest.

Conventional political wisdom says that every election is the most important election of your life, and if you're one of the women below, then this midterm election really was the biggest possible deal. 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.

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