Here are the candidates who made history in the 2018 midterms

Here are the candidates who made history in the 2018 midterms

Democrats Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Texas has elected its first Hispanic woman to Congress, with Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia winning their house seats. "We hadn't had a primary election in 14 years, and I feel like we can be better".

Pressley's September win had assured her victory Tuesday night, with only the unlikely possibility of a write-in candidate to defeat her. She ran a grass roots campaign that took on the "Queens Democratic Party machine" and championed progressive proposals, such as the abolition of the Immigration Customs Enforcement (Ice), a single-payer health care plan and tuition-free college.

Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic nomination in an upset primary against longtime incumbent Joe Crowley over the summer. In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn, a Republican, became the state's first woman elected to the Senate.

She added that even women of colour who were unsuccessful will inspire a new crop of candidates, similar to the white women encouraged to run after Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential election loss. Davids is also Kansas' first openly gay statewide representative.

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Women will break the current record of 84 serving at the same time in the U.S. House. Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, ousted Tea Party Republican Dave Brat in Virginia. The day after Trump's inauguration, millions surged into the streets to protest his agenda at the Women's March, generally considered the biggest single-day protest in American history.

Despite being more than half the population and the voters, women were still less than a third of all candidates for Congress, the governor's offices and other statewide executive seats. Months later, as a GOP legislature attempted to repeal the ACA, women activists made hundreds of thousands of phone calls to their representatives and confronted them at angry town halls. Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland were the first Native American women to be elected to Congress as well.

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

"That story is not possible in every country", Underwood says.

"And just imagine this, it is a conservative woman to boot!"

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For this wave of women leaders, the next few years are going to be about much more than stereotypical women's issues.

And there's still a chance to bump that number of governors up to a record-breaking ten, since as of writing this, Georgia's Stacey Abrams refuses to concede to Brian Kemp.

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

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar is greeted by her husband's mother after appearing at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Nov. 6, 2018. Women poured into grass-roots groups determined to regain Democratic control of Congress and flooded organizations that trained them to run for office. "This is the beginning because the message that we sent the world tonight is that it's not OK to put donors before your community", she told her supporters at the time.

Ocasio-Cortez was born in 1989 to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father from South Bronx, growing up in an area she described as where "your zip code determines you destiny". "You just pay for it", she said.

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Women have run in record numbers, and Native Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, millennials and LGBT candidates have already made history with their campaigns.

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