Here are the candidates who made history in the 2018 midterms

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

She added that even women of colour who were unsuccessful will inspire a new crop of candidates, similar to the white women encouraged to run after Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential election loss. They also picked up two more firsts for Congress: Tlaib is the first-ever Palestinian-American and Omar the first Somalian-American to serve in that office.

Another two Democrats made history as the first Latinas elected to Congress from Texas, a deeply red state. She's also a lesbian and was among a number of of LGBTQ candidates.

In the House, 237 women were on the ballot as major-party candidates.

A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA.

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. He says the role women played in this election lived up to expectations.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory in the June congressional primary in NY shook up Washington and the Democratic Party.

We'd been hearing for months about the record number of women running for office, and last night, voters turned out for them. "We ran to make change". The record previously belonged to Elise Stefanik who was elected to Congress at age 30 in 2014.

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But the GOP gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a "blue wave" that never fully materialized. The GOP's successes were fueled by a coalition that's decidedly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have college degrees.

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Three times as many women stood for the Democratic party as the Republican party - 211 for the Democrats and 64 for the Republicans. Men, by contrast, were more evenly divided in their vote. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest person election to Congress at 29 years old. "In 1984, I was attending the U.S. Air Force Academy and told my first flight instructor that I was going to be a fighter pilot".

The Democrats have flipped the house while the Republicans will continue to hold on to the Senate following the midterm elections in the United States.

Also in the House, Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Democrat Mike Espy, who will face Mississippi Republican Representative Cindy Hyde-Smith in a December runoff, could become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction.

For starters, there looks set to be at least 100 women in the House of Representatives for the first time, with 95 already declared winners while other races are still being counted (including a number of races where both candidates are female).

In the Senate, female Democrats lost some important races.

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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