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Women candidates win big in midterm election

Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Minnesota Democratic Congressional Candidate Ilhan Omar speaks at an election night results party on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The charge was led mostly by Democratic women whose victories all but ensure a US House that is younger and more diverse.

■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.

And regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.

A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

In rapid succession, the House got its first two Muslim women: Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib. Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland were the first Native American women to be elected to Congress as well.

Stefanik referenced former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, a Democrat who was 31 at the time she was elected to the House of Representatives in 1972.

At 29, Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Davids is also Kansas' first openly gay statewide representative.

The wins also came as Native Americans brought legal action over alleged voter suppression again this cycle, with the Spirit Lake Tribe filing a complaint in October against North Dakota over a voter identification law the tribe said disenfranchised voters living on reservations.

But other women made gains in the Senate.

More women ran in congressional primaries this year than ever before, mostly as Democrats.

In the House, 237 women were on the ballot as major-party candidates. Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas. She supports government-paid health care for all, a $15 minimum wage, free college tuition and the abolition of the federal department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"For me it was especially potent that I was working in the food service industry while running for office because I wasn't, like, reminiscing on some summer job I had when I was a teenager".

Numerous 237 women on the ballot in this election were facing entrenched incumbents who typically enjoy a major advantage in fundraising and name recognition. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., lost her re-election race.

The House candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley of NY, who is expected to lose her race, made history as the first woman to spend federal campaign funds on childcare.

Some of Tuesday's black female pioneers, like IL nurse and Democrat Lauren Underwood and CT teacher and Democrat Jahana Hayes, were first-time candidates.

Polis is also the state's first Jewish governor.