NY Democrat Ocasio-Cortez set to become youngest Congresswoman ever

Max Rose in October 2018

This year, women tied the record for most governor's seats women have ever held - nine - a number that was previously reached in 2004 and 2007.

Women also contested governor's races across the country.

As for the Senate, the final tally will either meet or fall short of the current record-high 23 female members of Congress, depending on whether Rep. Jacky Rosen can unseat Nevada Sen.

More than 237 women House candidates - 185 of the Democrats - were on the ballot, including 71 incumbents, 46 seeking open seats and 120 challengers, according to CAWP.

"We know more women will be going to Congress. and there will be sisters waiting for them who will lift them up".

At least 95 women won seats in the House Wednesday morning, breaking a previous record of 84 women, NBC news reported. Democracy Now! was there with The Intercept for our special election broadcast.

- Marsha Blackburn: First woman elected to the Senate from Tennessee.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in NY is the youngest women ever elected to Congress at the age of 29.

In races still too close to call, Abrams, if elected, would become the first female African-American governor in USA history, and 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.

"Tonight, we reaffirm what an unbelievable state that we live in", he said in his victory speech.

Seizing on the momentum of the "pink wave", Kansas Democratic candidate Sharice Davids surged to victory, becoming the first Native American woman elected to Congress.

And Kansas elected a lesbian former mixed martial arts fighter who will become one of two Native American women elected to Congress for the first time in the nation's history.

Rashida Tlaib is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will represent Michigan's 13th Congressional District.

While women gained in the House, results were still uncertain in the Senate, where there are now 23 women serving. "And that's exactly what this is, not a campaign or an Election Day but a movement... for social, economic and racial justice". "Now, senator will do". Tammy Baldwin held off a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir, but her fellow Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated by their Republican opponents.

Georgia candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, while Democrat Andrew Gillum narrowly lost his bid to become the first black governor of Florida. She became a progressive star after her upset primary victory over Rep. Joseph Crowley, a high-ranking House Democrat.

Lake said she hoped 2018 was a "breakthrough moment" for women, who now hold just 20 percent of seats in Congress. "Never forget the hard work it took to get us here".

"They refused to let anyone shut them up or stand in their way, and that is how real change begins", she added.

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