Women and diversity win big in historic state and local elections

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

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

The previous record was 85, set in 2016.

That unlikely scenario behind her, she'll now represent the 7th Congressional District - the first in MA where minorities make up a majority of the voting population.

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Most Americans say women running in record numbers for Congress is a good thing, but there's less consensus about whether they think things will change with more women in office, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

Both Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar won in their Democrat-safe seats becoming the first Muslim congresswomen.

Omar served a single term in the Minnesota state legislature before she won Minnesota's Fifth District. Stefanik was previously the youngest person ever elected, as she was 30 when she won her first campaign in 2014. "We ran to make change ... and change is on the way".

Tlaib was elected Tuesday to serve Michigan's Thirteenth District seat, which includes the Detroit area.

From the outset, Pressley made clear that she meant serious business, telling voters before she sent Capuano packing that she viewed the race as "a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy".

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By Tuesday, 183 women Democrats were on the ballot for the House of Representatives.

On Tuesday, she trounced Republican opponent Anthony Pappas in her constituency, a Democratic stronghold in a diverse part of Queens and the Bronx, US media reported.

Raised by a single mother army veteran and a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation, Davids was a fellow in the Obama White House. Davids is also Kansas' first openly gay statewide representative. Nuñez, "when she takes office, will be the highest ranking Hispanic female in the history of the state of Florida", DeSantis said during his victory speech on Tuesday night.

"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.

New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29-years-old.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Boston University graduate who worked for the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, defeated Democratic US Representative Joe Crowley in a party primary earlier this year.

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at her midterm election night party in New York, Nov. 6, 2018. In an interview with CBSN's Tanya Rivero in May, Ocasio-Cortez said she wrote it herself. Meanwhile the Arizona senate race is too close to call, but either Republican or Democrat, the victor will be the state's first woman in the seat. The wins bump up female representation in the lower house to at least 23 percent, still dismal in the world rankings.

While notable Republican successes include the first female senator elected from Tennessee and the first female governor of South Dakota, there are concerns that the overt Democrat disparity could fan the partisan divide.

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