Here are the candidates who made history in the 2018 midterms


More than 100 women were elected to United States legislative office in mid-term elections Tuesday.

"Ocasio-Cortez pulled off one of the biggest political upsets in American history and proved that America can still be a place where a working class woman of color can defeat a 10-term incumbent and his Wall Street-funded machine", said Justice Democrats communications director Waleed Shahid.

Female candidates won congressional seats and governorships in record numbers Tuesday night.

And regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber. Meanwhile the Arizona senate race is too close to call, but either Republican or Democrat, the victor will be the state's first woman in the seat. There are six women governors, and the record is nine, which was reached in 2004 and 2007.

Sharice Davids became one of the first Native American members of Congress. Davids, an attorney and advocate, will represent Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, which covers eastern Kansas and includes Kansas City.

Meanwhile, at 31, Democrat Lauren Underwood also won her race to become a Congresswoman. A record number will serve in the new Congress.

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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.

First Native American woman in Congress: Two Native American women elected will become the first indigenous people seated in Congress - Sharice Davids in Kansas and Haaland in New Mexico.

"It was really on the shoulders of women voters that Democrats had the momentum to take back the House", she said. The vast majority of women elected are Democrats.

First female Muslim members of Congress: There are two women who won seats to become the first female Muslim members of Congress - Rashida Tlaib in MI and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota. An overwhelming majority of Americans, almost 8 in 10, said it's important to elect more women to public office.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory in the June congressional primary in NY shook up Washington and the Democratic Party. According to exit polls, they were about evenly split this year, with 50 percent choosing Democrats, compared to 48 percent who chose Republicans.

"Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America", Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic leader, said. These six women along with dozens more congressional candidates, led to the Democrats retaking control of the House of Representatives.