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Women elected to House in record numbers

Women elected to House in record numbers

"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.

(5) Cindy Hyde-Smith won a plurality in MS and is heavily favored to win her runoff election to become the first woman ever elected to the US Senate from her state. Davids' win in Kansas against GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder was a pickup for Democrats, which projects to gain control of the House. In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn kept an open Senate seat in Republican hands and helped affirm her party's control in the chamber. They were powered mostly by a female-led resistance movement forged in opposition to the election of Donald Trump, though there were also notable victories among Republican women.

In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar became the first Somali and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.

She is one of a handful of congressional candidates this year who identified as democratic socialists.

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Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Bronx resident, pulled off an upset in the primary, winning 57.5 of the vote against the veteran Crowley. Davids identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas as well.

More than a quarter-century after the so-called year of the woman and two years after Hillary Clinton failed to shatter the "highest, hardest glass ceiling", voters were poised to elect the largest class of freshman congresswoman in history.

(8) Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress, comfortably won re-election last night.

There was also a historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans.

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"This is the year of the woman, and the fact that women were willing to put themselves on the line is important, whether they've been Republicans or Democrats", said former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, a first-time candidate who defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar in south Florida. In 1982, 58 per cent of women voted for Democrats and 41 per cent voted for Republicans. In July 2004, she took command of the 354th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. - becoming the first woman to command a fighter squadron. There are more women in office now than ever before, and this is only the beginning.

Polis is also the state's first Jewish governor.

Women occupy just 23% of the seats in the current US Senate and 19.3% in the House of Representatives, comparatively low rates in the developed world. She and Hayes are the first black women elected to congress from New England.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats who is considering the 2020 presidential race, said that the two years since Trump ascended to the White House had ushered a new generation of women into public life.

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