Chart of the day: How did women fare in the United States midterms?

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

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins Election In a Landslide

In her campaign platform, Ocasio-Cortez promotes universal job guarantees, fully funded public schools and universities, paid family and sick leave and housing as a human right.

Nonwhites, women and college graduates all tend to vote more Democratic. "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".

Overall, there was a record numbers of women nominated in the first place, following the record number who put their hand up to get involved.

Three times as many women stood for the Democratic party as the Republican party - 211 for the Democrats and 64 for the Republicans.

Meanwhile, at 31, Democrat Lauren Underwood also won her race to become a Congresswoman. "The first role of women as military flyers was during World War II as Women Airforce Service Pilots, an organization disbanded after the war", Colonel McSally said.

The high-profile midterm cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour means a number of winners will take office as trailblazers.

Davids also became the second-ever lesbian woman elected to Congress.

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But in the early hours of Wednesday morning, women were on track to surpass that margin, ushering in some new faces to Congress as Democrats sought control of the House.

Democrat Ilhan Omar will serve as the nation's first Somali-American Congresswoman.

At 29, staunch left-winger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and one of the youngest members ever. Women held 84 out of 435 House seats, a record Aljazeera reported. In 1982, 58 per cent of women voted for Democrats and 41 per cent voted for Republicans. 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.

While notable Republican successes include the first female senator elected from Tennessee and the first female governor of South Dakota, there are concerns that the overt Democrat disparity could fan the partisan divide.

According to data compiled by The Associated Press, 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates this year. Many female Democratic House candidates who prevailed on Election Day ran in opposition to Trump or his policies.

A swath of candidates broke down barriers with victories in Tuesday's midterm elections - sending seismic shifts through the halls of Congress and across state-level contests. 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.

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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