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

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Lou Leon Guerrero from the US territory of Guam the first female governor elected on Tuesday keeping the female wave going in the midterm elections.

The US election has swept a record number of women into Congress, fired up by the disgust of Donald Trump, emboldened by the #MeToo movement and making the Democratic Party more diverse and younger than ever.

Youngest woman elected to Congress: After defeating a long-time incumbent in a Democratic primary, Ocasio-Cortez, became the youngest woman elected to Congress.

Ayanna Pressley, congresswoman-elect for Massachusetts' 7th district.

A former National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes, will become Connecticut's first black woman in Congress. Newcomer Ayanna Pressley of MA who ousted a 10-term incumbent in the primary will become the first black congresswoman from MA.

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

Last night, Donna Brazille, a strategist on CNN said a record number of 38 women of color will be serving in Congress (35 Democrats, three Republicans). U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn defeated the state's former Governor, Democrat Phil Bredesen.

Ayanna Pressley became the first black woman to represent MA in Congress and will occupy the seat held by such lions as JFK and Tip O'Neill.

Meanwhile, at 31, Democrat Lauren Underwood also won her race to become a Congresswoman.

As Breitbart News has reported, Democrats have increasingly gained strongholds in congressional districts due to booming foreign-born populations.

With black candidates in several high-profile races - including gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum of Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia - voters nationally said by 71-24 percent it's important to elect more racial and ethnic minorities to public office and 44 percent say it's very important.

Comparing how many of each party's women candidates won their seats, the Democratic women were more successful, particularly in the Senate and House races.

But what will more women in office mean? Mills, now the state's attorney general, has won the governorship, checking another state off a long list that has never had a female chief executive.

Rashida Tlaib is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and will represent Michigan's 13th Congressional District.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids defeated a Republican incumbent in Kansas to become the first openly LGBTQ woman to represent Kansas.

There are also now nine female governors, matching the record set in 2004.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory in the June congressional primary in NY shook up Washington and the Democratic Party.

The last time women voted for Democrats anywhere near that margin was more than 30 years ago.

Crowley was the No. 4 Democrat in the House and seen as a potential speaker one day.

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