Record number of women win in the House

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Texas has elected its first Hispanic woman to Congress, with Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia winning their house seats.

Meanwhile, at 31, Democrat Lauren Underwood also won her race to become a Congresswoman.

Politics has become a family affair for Vice President Mike Pence, with his brother Greg elected to his former congressional seat in Indiana.

But with record numbers of women nominated for the house, the Senate and for Governor, Tuesday was always set to be a historic day for women.

Other winners Tuesday included Sharice Davids from Kansas, one of the first two Native American woman elected to Congress, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

This year's swing was, in large part, because of independent women, who voted for Democratic candidates for the House, 56 per cent to 39 per cent, as well as white women, who have started voting differently in recent years, according to CNN's exit poll data. He says the role women played in this election lived up to expectations. Among the new names joining Congress after Tuesday are a host of young, Muslim, Latin, immigrant, and LGBT canidadates.

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"Now, listen, I know for a fact none of us ran to make history, we ran to make change". In elections for Congress, governorships and state legislatures alike, the number of women who ran outstripped previous years, as did the number of women nominated. Several were first-time candidates. Men, by contrast, were more evenly divided in their vote.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib from MI became the first two Muslim women to win election to Congress.

In a tweet sent early Wednesday morning, Stefanik congratulated Ocasio-Cortez and said she would "proudly hand off that mantle to" the young congresswoman-elect. Women were 21 points more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans in House races - 60 percent voted for Democrats, to 38 percent who voted for Republicans. Wallace also suggested Ingraham was being hypocritical, saying that if she gives Republicans credit for keeping the Senate, she must also give the Democrats credit for flipping the House.

Chris Pappas just became the first openly gay person to represent the people of New Hampshire. Eight additional women will serve as governor in the U.S. Republican women like Kristi L. Noem and Marsha Blackburn, on the other hand, made history but were reluctant to mention their gender on the campaign trail, preferring to focus on issues.

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.

Kate Brown, who is bisexual, became the first openly LGBT person elected governor in 2016 when she won her OR race.

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