Here are the candidates who made history in the 2018 midterms

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

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

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

Going into the midterm elections, 19 per cent of the Governor, Senate and House seats were held by women.

(3) Marsha Blackburn became the first female US Senator from Tennessee.

"White women are harder to predict, and there are more of them that parties will try to win over", Gill said. Several were first-time candidates.

In elections for Congress, governorships and state legislatures alike, the number of women who ran outstripped previous years, as did the number of women nominated.

And the women elected this year are overwhelmingly Democratic.

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In fact, the number of Republican women in Congress, at latest count, will decline in the next session.

Women also were on the ballot for governor in 16 states this year. Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans. New Mexico Democrat Deb Haaland and Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids were elected the first two Native American women to serve in Congress. "Democrats doing well in areas where there are educated suburban women and men, but especially suburban women".

Three times as many women stood for the Democratic party as the Republican party - 211 for the Democrats and 64 for the Republicans. Women are also more likely to identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey. "We're kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I've really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January". About 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat in the race, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican candidate. This is also roughly in line with 2006, which was another wave year for Democrats.

In the Senate, female Democrats lost some important races. "Democrats at least have the luxury of largely taking women of color (votes) for granted".

That can create some wide chasms between groups.

But what will more women in office mean?

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. Considering that Texas is almost 40 percent Latino, these historical wins are even more overdue.

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