"We launched this campaign because no one was clearly and authentically talking about issues like the corrupting role of money in politics".
With no challenger on Election Day, Pressley made it official that she'll be the first black person representing MA in the House. According to data compiled by The Associated Press, 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates this year. Nevada now has two female senators after Democrat Jacky Rosen defeated incumbent Republican Dean Heller.
Ocasio-Cortez has said she is still paying off her student loans and until recently had no health insurance.
Ocasio-Cortez could lose her title of the youngest woman elected to Congress in a matter of hours. They mobilised on the grassroots level and played larger roles as donors than in previous election cycles. Most were considered longshots.
"Democratic women in particular and independent women, progressive women, upscale suburban women were clearly energised by the Trump victory and the Trump presidency in a negative way", said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake.
- Ayanna Pressley: Massachusetts' first black woman in Congress. Pressley's seat in Congress was all but assured after she upset longtime Democratic incumbent Michael E. Capuano in Massachusetts' 7th district.
"I didn't run because my election would be historic". And so, by chance, I'm also making history today.
For the first time, a pair of Native American congresswomen are headed to the House, in addition to two Muslim congresswoman.
Democratic Colorado Governor-elect Jared Polis arrives onstage with running mate Dianne Primavera on November 6, 2018 in Denver.
The midterms seemed poised to shake things up even before results came in: A record number of women were on the ballot, and there were races across the country that looked likely to diversify the faces in Congress and statehouses.
Democrats erupt when the Colorado Governor race is called for gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis at the Democratic watch party at the Westin Hotel in downtown Denver, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
This year's election is drawing comparisons to the 1992 elections dubbed the "Year of the Woman", when a record number of women won seats in Congress, bringing total representation to around 10 percent.
This year, women not only increased their numbers, but the new class of lawmakers also includes women from a wide patchwork of backgrounds, adding to a Congress that is expected to be more diverse. By mid-October, 46 percent of men approved but just 36 percent of women.
"While Republicans in Congress have been spineless, women - especially women of color - have stood up to Trump time and again, ever since millions marched the day after his inauguration", said Neera Tanden, CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.