Here are the candidates who made history in the 2018 midterms

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Iowa has sent women to the Senate and governor's mansions, but never to the House of Representatives.

"This is something new we saw from women candidates: they are not trying to focus on their resumes and tout their accomplishments and push their families aside", she said.

She stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday.

Record numbers of women and ethnic minorities ran for office in 2018, paving the way for a number of historic landmarks on Tuesday night.

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A number of women have also achieved significant firsts in their states, including Democrats Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia who become the first Latina Congresswomen in Texas, and Alyanna Pressley from MA, becoming her state's first black representative in Congress. Since the 2020 presidential election is about to begin in earnest (and midterm results led to more than one name be floated as possible candidates) let's take at least 24 hours to celebrate these women and their history-making wins.

The elections have been described as a referendum on the Trump presidency, and is expected to be indicative of the 2020 presidential elections.

In Colorado, Jared Polis will be the country's first openly gay man elected governor.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman ever elected into Congress following her midterm election win Tuesday.

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Sharice Davids, congresswoman-elect for Kansas' 3rd district.Deb Haaland, congresswoman-elect for New Mexico's 1st district.

Beyond the Bay State, voters in other states picked Native American and immigrant women as their representatives.

Around 80 per cent of the women candidates in this election were defending their seats, and around 70 per cent held them. Nonwhites, women and college graduates all tend to vote more Democratic.

Three times as many women stood for the Democratic party as the Republican party - 211 for the Democrats and 64 for the Republicans. He argued that the reason Democrats won a majority in the House is "not because they went far left", pointing to moderate candidates like Virginia's Abigail Spanberger, who unseated Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) in a surprise victory.

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Texas is sending its first ever Hispanic women to congress, as Veronica Escobar snapped up Beto O'Rouke's old seat and state Sen. Jim McGreevey, a Democrat and former New Jersey governor, came out while in office in 2004. And the leftist activist organization called UltraViolet insisted that white women are just another aspect of white supremacy that needs to be cleansed from our society.