United States midterm polls: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is youngest woman elected to Congress

Ayanna Pressley gives a victory speech at her primary night gathering on Sept. 4 2018 in Boston Massachusetts.                        Getty

"Ilhan Omar. So many of us, we're all mums", she said.

"Words can not express my gratitude to every organiser, every small-dollar donor, every working parent and dreamer who helped make this movement happen".

American voters have elected many men in their 20s to Congress, but Ocasio-Cortez could become the youngest woman to join the House.

"For me it was especially potent that I was working in the food service industry while running for office because I wasn't, like, reminiscing on some summer job I had when I was a teenager".

After Trump's victory, she chose to embark on a road trip to gain "first-person idea of what was going on" in America. "This was the life I was living".

"We couldn't afford to write off our collective power in self-governance anymore out of cynicism".

"And so, I ran". Ocasio-Cortez, a political newcomer, shook up the establishment when she unexpectedly defeated a 10-term incumbent in the primary, and she easily prevailed in the general election in the heavily Democratic district. Several were first-time candidates.

"This is not an end, this is the beginning".




"None of us ran to make history", Pressley told supporters in her acceptance speech Tuesday. The President made three visits to the state for her.

She was up against massive corporations who donated to Crowley, including Facebook and Google.

Joining Davids as one of the first Indigenous women elected to Congress was fellow Democrat Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe who will represent New Mexico's first district.

She said in June: "It's really scary or it's easy to generate fear around an idea or around an -ism when you don't provide any substance to it".

George Goehl, director of People's Action, a liberal group, said women played a key role in standing up against President Trump's "divisive ways and a yes to big ideas on health care, wages, racial justice and protecting the environment". "You can call that whatever you want to call that".

Like Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley cast her election as part of a need for better representation in the era of the #MeToo movement. The former state representative also ran on a liberal platform, backing Medicare for all, immigration reform and a call to overturn Donald Trump's executive order banning most people from five Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S.

"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.

For this wave of women leaders, the next few years are going to be about much more than stereotypical women's issues. In all, 237 were candidates for the House, including 185 Democrats and 52 Republicans. I'll leave you with some hot takes about white women, who voted Republican last night. Heightened political activism in the Trump era brought out many more men running for office, too, and numerous female candidates were Democrats running in districts that are gerrymandered or all but assured to vote Republican.

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