Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

ME and South Dakota also elected their first female governors with Janet Mills and Kristi Noem, respectively. And it will bring the share of Congress members who are women up from the current 20 percent to at least 22 percent. BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 01: Boston City Councilor and Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley speaks at a rally calling on Sen. She's also a lesbian and was among a number of of LGBTQ candidates.

Democrat house candidate Sharice Davids reacts before speaking to supporters at a victory party in Olathe, Kan., Nov. 6, 2018.

After some key Republican victories, Ingraham concluded that the reason Republicans were winning was that they've embraced President Trump, whereas the reason Democrats were losing was that they've become the party of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist who was elected to Congress Tuesday.

Women in general had a record-breaking night in the House, with more than 90 of them expected to join the House's freshman class.

They mobilised on the grassroots level and played larger roles as donors than in previous election cycles.

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

"Now, listen, I know for a fact none of us ran to make history, we ran to make change".

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Davids is from the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin and has focused her career on the advancement of Native Americans. Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will become the first Native American women elected to Congres.

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"Until this heartless administration is held accountable for their numerous injustices, we will not stop", tweeted Donna Shalala, a former Clinton cabinet minister who defeated a Republican woman in a Florida congressional seat by championing public education, health care and social security. Several were first-time candidates.

"I am so honoured to share both the ballot and the stage with the many visionary, bold women who have raised their hand to run for public office", said Ayanna Pressley, who became the first black woman elected to Congress from MA.

"ICE was just established in 2003 and it was established outside of the U.S. Department of Justice, so a lot of this disturbing behavior we are seeing - parents can separated from their children, people getting picked up on the street - it's happening outside of the Justice Department", Ocasio-Cortez said in the June interview.

She also spent months leading up the midterm elections fundraising and stumping for other progressives, including Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, who became one of the first two Muslim women elected into Congress.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, both Democrats, will be the first Muslim-American women to serve in the House. Men, by contrast, were more evenly divided in their vote.

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

Colorado voters delivered a historic win Tuesday with Rep. Jared Polis projected to be the country's first openly gay male governor.

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