The impact of Tuesday's election will be a topic of much debate, but one thing's clear: Women made big strides. By Tuesday, 183 women Democrats were on the ballot for the House of Representatives.
"Nothing is more wholesome for our country, for our politics, for our campaigning than the increased participation of women in the electoral process", Nancy Pelosi, who's on track to be Democrats' pick for speaker of the House, said last month on CNN.
The House is getting its first two Muslim women and MA is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday's midterm elections.
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But other women made gains in the Senate. Voters in Colorado also elected the nation's first-ever openly gay man to lead their state Tuesday.
The 2018 midterm election season saw a historic increase in progressive candidates of color, who galvanized supporters in statewide and local races around the United States.
Omar served a single term in the Minnesota state legislature before she won Minnesota's Fifth District. Omar came to the U.S. at age 12 and eventually settled in Minneapolis.
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In Kansas, Davids won the state's Third District, which includes Kansas City.
Raised by a single mother army veteran and a member of the Wisconsin-based Ho-Chunk Nation, Davids was a fellow in the Obama White House.
"This is the year of the woman, and the fact that women were willing to put themselves on the line is important, whether they've been Republicans or Democrats", said Shalala, a first-time candidate for elected office.
She added that even women of colour who were unsuccessful will inspire a new crop of candidates, similar to the white women encouraged to run after Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential election loss.
Ocasio-Cortez is the daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and a Bronx-born father and grew up in a working-class community.
Arizona will send a woman - either Democratic representative Kyrsten Sinema or Republican representative Martha McSally - to the Senate for the first time. As first-time women candidates running in MI and IL, they were part of a surge of new Congressional candidates aiming to flip GOP-held seats in crucial swing districts.
Democratic senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota lost their races, while Republican representative Marsha Blackburn became the first woman elected to the US Senate from Tennessee. Twenty-two states have never elected a woman as governor, and six states have female governors today. Mills, a Democrat, previously served as Maine's attorney general. Democrat Janet Mills of ME and Republican Kristi Noem of South Dakota are the first women elected as governor in their state.
From Florida to New Mexico, these candidates brought platforms that stood for a range of issues such as affordable health care, gun safety and climate change.