New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

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Arizona's race is still too close to call, but either way, the state will be sending its first woman to the Senate (Democrat Kyrsten Sinema or Republican Martha McSally.) Marsha Blackburn is Tennessee's first female senator, despite Taylor Swift's endorsement of her Democratic opponent, and by electing Jacky Rosen, Nevada became the fifth state to have two female senators.

Democrats rode a wave of dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives, giving them the opportunity to block Trump's agenda and open his administration to intense scrutiny.

A record number of women were elected to the US House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

MI attorney Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from Minnesota won their races handily to become the first Muslim women elected to Congress, with Omar being the first Somali-American to join the ranks.

Omar, a Somali-American was once a refugee, while Tlaib is the first Pakistani-American woman in congress.

Democrats Sharice Davids, a lesbian mixed martial arts fighter, and Deb Haaland, became the first Native American women elected to Congress. Davids is also Kansas' first openly gay statewide representative.

Diversity also won the day Tuesday with a record number of women of color headed to the halls of Congress.

Before Tuesday's elections, women made up a record 20% of Congress - 23% of the Senate and 19% of the House.

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

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"We are the ones we've been waiting for!" According to VoteCast, women voted considerably more in favour of their congressional Democratic candidate.

Two women helped Democrats pick up seats in Florida: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala, a member of former President Bill Clinton's Cabinet.

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan also lost her race to become the country's first Native American governor. Women not only ran for office at an unprecedented rate, several knocked off white male incumbents during their party primaries.

The House candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley of NY, who is expected to lose her race, made history as the first woman to spend federal campaign funds on childcare.

"When you talk about Democrats clinching control of the House, you have the women candidates to thank", Delmore said.

Ocasio-Cortez is expected to deliver her acceptance speech in NY sometime after 10pm ET.

Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia won House races in Texas, making them the first Latina women to ever represent the state.

Candidates like Sherrill, McGrath and Katie Hill, who was running for a House seat in California, raised staggering amounts of money, though women still raised less, on average, than men.

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