The candidates who made history at the 2018 United States midterm elections

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

"This is something new we saw from women candidates: they are not trying to focus on their resumes and tout their accomplishments and push their families aside", she said.

She was elected to represent New York's 14th Congressional District by a landslide last night, defeating Republican candidate Anthony Pappas with 78 percent of the vote.

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

Omar is also the first Somali American to serve in the US Congress.

She was also a volunteer in Bernie Sanders' 2016 Presidential campaign.

Pressley, 44, was a shoo-in to win with no Republican on the ballot. The district is already solidly blue, and even though her victory was all but guaranteed after winning the primary, Ocasio-Cortez kept campaigning. Heightened political activism in the Trump era brought out many more men running for office, too, and numerous female candidates were Democrats running in districts that are gerrymandered or all but assured to vote Republican.

Nearly 80% of voters in a CNN exit poll said it's very or somewhat important that more women and racial minorities be elected to public office, with two-thirds of white voters agreeing.

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Overall, the number of Republican women serving in Congress next term will slightly dip, partially because some female incumbents and candidates lost. Their lesson from the last election was that "if Donald Trump is president, anybody can be president so I should run too, for at least Congress or state legislature". Polis, who declared victory late Tuesday night, has always been outspoken in favour of marijuana legalisation.

MI governor elect Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday attributed her success and that of other women to outworking their opponents and "staying focused on the dinner table issues that really matter to families".

There are also now nine female governors, matching the record set in 2004. In the House, 96 women have reportedly won or are projected to win their races.

Colorado voters chose Democratic US Representative Jared Polis to serve as their next governor, making him the first openly gay man to be elected to serve as the chief executive of a US state.

Also Massachusetts, Democrat Ayanna Pressley will be the first woman of colour in her state's congressional delegation.

"Though prominent figures like Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, failed to win their potentially historic elections, many candidates around the country became the first person of their gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation to be elected to their positions in their states, or in some cases, in the country".

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