Chart of the day: How did women fare in the U.S. midterms?

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez votes in her district in the Bronx

Around 80 per cent of the women candidates in this election were defending their seats, and around 70 per cent held them. Democracy Now! was there with The Intercept for our special election broadcast.

The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily.

With the record-breaking group of women elected this year comes a crop of other records and firsts.

Below are some of the record-making moments from the 2018 midterm elections.

The first Muslim women have been elected to Congress, with Democrat Rashida Tlaib winning in MI and Ilhan Omar winning in Minnesota.

Omar served a single term in the Minnesota state legislature before she won Minnesota's Fifth District. It will also feature the first Native American women, the first Muslim women and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Omar came to the United States at age 12 and eventually settled in Minneapolis.

A "pink wave" is sending a record number of women to Congress, with more than 110 claiming victory in their House and Senate races-with some contests too close yet to call. Nuñez, 47, told NBC News during the closing days of the campaign that being chosen as Lieutenant Governor is "a huge source of pride for me, for my family, but most importantly for my community.".She was born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents and is now Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives.

Davids is from the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin and has focused her career on the advancement of Native Americans. Davids is also a member of Kansas's LGBT community. On Tuesday, she won the race for New Mexico's First District.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever elected into Congress following her midterm election win Tuesday.

Last night Ocasio-Cortez marked her win with the speech, transcribed above.

She was a talented high school student and has an asteroid named after her - 23238 Ocasio-Cortez - for winning second place in Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

She will represent New York's 14th Congressional district, which covers parts of Queens and the Bronx, and is 50 percent Latino and 70 percent voters of color, according to New York Magazine.

Michigan's Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar are the country's first Muslim women in Congress. Ayanna Pressley is Massachusetts' first Black congresswoman.

The vice president took to Twitter to congratulate his brother, who easily won the solidly Republican and heavily white district in the Midwestern state.

■In Tennessee, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become that state's first woman senator.

MI governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday attributed her success and that of other women to outworking their opponents and "staying focused on the dinner table issues that really matter to families".

Latest News