Women ran for office in unprecedented numbers, mostly as Democrats and many as first-time candidates. In both Kansas and Michigan, women flipped states that had been under Republican control.
Dem state Sen. Laura Kelly defeated GOP Kris Kobach for Gov. of Kansas.
Michigan Dems selected a woman for every statewide office on Tuesday’s ballot: governor, U.S. senator, attorney general and secretary of state.
Deb Haaland, a Dem in New Mexico, became the first Native American woman to serve in Congress.
Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, born in Detroit to Palestinian parents, and Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar, who arrived in the US from Somalia at age 14, both won House seats and became the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in NY, 29, a Latina who defeated incumbent Joseph Crowley in a decisive primary, will be the youngest House member ever elected.