Women and diversity win big in historic state and local elections

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Her win beats the previous record held by Republican congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a former White House aide to president George W. Bush who was first elected to an upstate NY constituency in 2014 aged 30.

Half a century ago this week, New York's Shirley Chisholm was elected the first black woman in Congress, and several of the black women elected Tuesday have said their campaigns were inspired by her example.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar both became America's first Muslim women to sit in the House of Representatives.

■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.

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

The Chicago native settled down in Boston after college and later became the city's first black councilwoman.

Last night Ocasio-Cortez marked her win with the speech, transcribed above. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organiser who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress. In all, 237 were candidates for the House, including 185 Democrats and 52 Republicans.

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.

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On Tuesday, voters will determine which party controls the US Congress as well as pick governors in 36 states, among them Georgia. Jordan hit the ground in Georgia, going door-to-door to encourage Georgians to vote for the Democrat.

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If South Africa had been awarded a penalty, they would have had a chance to kick for victory from the tightest of angles. Jones said: "You can get cited for something you did at a party when you were 15, anything could happen".

She also identified what policies she intends to target in office, including abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, student loan debt (which she called "a ticking time bomb for our economy") and "the role of money in politics".

On Tuesday night Democrats won control of the House, delivering a major blow to Trump in the first election since he became president in 2016.

Women will break the current record of 84 serving at the same time in the U.S. House. The vast majority of women elected are Democrats.

It was the culmination of two years of anger, frustration and activism driven by women appalled by Donald Trump's election and presidency.

Also Massachusetts, Democrat Ayanna Pressley will be the first woman of colour in her state's congressional delegation. 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.

"Jones said on Tuesday night that the "new Democratic Party" is now "younger, browner" and cooler". Twenty-two states have never elected a woman as governor, and six states have female governors today.

Election Day brought some big and historic wins for Democrats across NY.

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