Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins election to New York’s 14th congressional district

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Diversity also won the day Tuesday with a record number of women of color headed to the halls of Congress. Those Indivisible groups supported a new wave of female candidates.

According to The Hill, "more than twice as many women ran for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections than in 2016".

And down in the state of Texas, 19 Black female judges who ran for the first time or re-election for judge positions in Harris County all won.

"Women voters were pivotal", said Molly O'Rourke, a professor of political communication at American University.

Here, Business Insider takes a look at some of the women who made history. Beyond individual candidates and campaigns, a major statement was made nationwide.

The inclusive midterm victories bode well for future election cycles, said Kimberly Peeler-Allen, co-founder of Higher Heights for America, a national organisation focused on galvanising black women voters and electing black women as candidates.

Deb Haaland in New Mexico and Sharice Davids in Kansas became the first Native American women ever elected to Congress.

According to CNN: "Davids identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas".

The only previous Native American to serve on Congress is Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who represented Colorado from 1993 until 2005.

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As she attends Air War College here, the first female pilot in the Department of Defense to fly in combat reflected on some of her career experiences so far.

Only one candidate for Congress this year is younger: Republican Morgan Murtaugh, who is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Susan Davis in San Diego, California.

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"Last year I was bartending, and I bought my first couch two weeks ago - shortly after I got health insurance", she tweeted. "Challenged by the politics of cynicism, of fear, of distrust, of anger".

Women also were on the ballot for governor in 16 states this year.

■In Texas, Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia both won their House races, becoming the first Hispanic women from their state to serve in Congress. Escobar will serve the Sixteenth District, while Garcia will represent the Twenty-Ninth District.

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.

Pressley, who represents a Boston-area district, was the first African-American elected to the Boston City Council in 2009.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI, both Democrats, will be the first Muslim-American women to serve in the House. She will take over the seat held by Senator Bob Corker, a frequent Trump critic.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Iowa elected its first woman to the Senate in 2014 - Republican Joni Ernst.

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

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She will replace GOP Senator Bob Corker, who was considered a more-centrist senator and occasional critic of Trump.

Women won gubernatorial races in nine states.

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