U.S. midterms: Women record high number of house seats

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

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Election In a Landslide

■Voters in some states chose women to serve as governors for the first time.

Lou Leon Guerrero from the US territory of Guam the first female governor elected on Tuesday keeping the female wave going in the midterm elections. Others, like Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans.

Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic nomination in an upset primary against longtime incumbent Joe Crowley over the summer.

Pappas and Davids are part of this year's Rainbow wave that saw a record amount of LGBT candidates (244, according to the New York Times) run for office.

■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.

The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections.

According to VoteCast, women voted considerably more in favour of their congressional Democratic candidate: About 6 in 10 voted for the Democrat, compared with 4 in 10 for the Republican. Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy came out as gay while he was in office, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who is bisexual, won in 2016, but Jared Polis will be the first man to win a governorship as an out gay man. Polis has been in Congress since 2009.

New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will win her general election race easily and become the youngest woman ever in Congress, CNN has projected.

These new records represent the culmination of a record-setting year for female candidates.

The mid-term elections brought a surge of female candidates to ballots across America in a vote being seen as a referendum on the Trump presidency.

Nearly 80% of voters in a CNN exit poll said it's very or somewhat important that more women and racial minorities be elected to public office, with two-thirds of white voters agreeing. ME and South Dakota also elected their first female governors with Janet Mills and Kristi Noem, respectively.

Among them is Jennifer Wexton, a Virginia state senator who defeated incumbent Barbara Comstock in one of the most closely watched races across the country. An overwhelming majority of Americans, almost 8 in 10, said it's important to elect more women to public office.

16 women nominated for Governor (of the 36 states electing one today).

There was also a historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control.

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