Several New York women win big on Election Day

Congresswoman elect Ayanna Pressley greets volunteers at the Cambridge Democratic Headquarters

They also picked up two more firsts for Congress: Tlaib is the first-ever Palestinian-American and Omar the first Somalian-American to serve in that office.

By early Wednesday morning, 92 women had been elected to the House, surpassing the previous record of 84 - and more victories were expected.

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

Only one candidate for Congress this year is younger: Republican Morgan Murtaugh, who is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Susan Davis in San Diego, California.

"Powered by a massive turnout of women and fuelled by our incredible candidates, House Democrats gained several seats in the heartland", Democratic representative Cheri Bustos of IL said in a statement Tuesday night after House control was called for Democrats.

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.

Tlaib was elected Tuesday to serve Michigan's Thirteenth District seat, which includes the Detroit area. Voters in Colorado also elected the nation's first-ever openly gay man to lead their state Tuesday.

Scroll through gallery to read her incredible story and find out more about the House of Representatives' newest star - who admits she's addicted to sharing on Insta stories and whose first job was as a hostess in an Irish pub. The victory comes with a few key losses though. In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn kept an open Senate seat in Republican hands and helped affirm her party's control in the chamber. Nevada now has two female senators after Democrat Jacky Rosen defeated incumbent Republican Dean Heller. The confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, roiled the election and exposed deep fault lines between the two parties amid a cultural reckoning on sexual assault.

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There was also a historic gender gap that showed women more supportive of Democrats than Republicans.

Ocasio-Cortez is expected to deliver her acceptance speech in NY sometime after 10pm ET.

The gains among women on Capitol Hill come as potential Democratic candidates for president are already taking steps to challenge Trump, several prominent female Democrats among them.

Hillary Clinton was advised to play down her gender during her first run for president in 2008 because voters would not elect a "first mama".

According to figures tallied by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers, 428 women ran for Congress or governor as Democrats, compared with 162 Republicans.

With no Republican in the race in the heavily Democratic district, her upset victory in the primary had all but assured her the House seat, with only the remote possibility of a write-in campaign to potentially stop her.

"When you talk about Democrats clinching control of the House, you have the women candidates to thank", Delmore said.

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