I can't afford to get an apartment in Washington says Ocasio-Cortez

I can't afford to get an apartment in Washington says Ocasio-Cortez

More than 100 women were elected to United States legislative office in mid-term elections Tuesday.

In elections for Congress, governorships and state legislatures alike, the number of women who ran outstripped previous years, as did the number of women nominated.

Her win beats the previous record held by Republican congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a former White House aide to president George W. Bush who was first elected to an upstate NY constituency in 2014 aged 30.

With results still trickling in, at least 120 women will serve in Congress, a record 98 in the House of Representatives and 22 in the Senate, says the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

The result is nevertheless impressive for the 28-year-old former bartender and self-described democratic socialist, who rocketed onto the national stage by knocking off 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in June's Democratic primary.

After Tuesday's elections, a record number of women will serve in Congress come January 2019.

In races still too close to call, Abrams, if elected, would become the first female African-American governor in US history, and in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.




Ayanna Pressley became the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives for MA - a state with that has a black population of only eight percent. In 2016, she became the first Somali-American legislator in the country. The news conference participants called on Obama to "go bold and go big" and to use his executive authority to reform immigration if Congress could not get the job done.

She ran alongside Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, who beat Democrat Andrew Gillum in a high profile race that was one of the most closely watched nationally.

A swath of candidates broke down barriers with victories in Tuesday's midterm elections - sending seismic shifts through the halls of Congress and across state-level contests. On Tuesday, James won her seat for New York State Attorney General.

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

The first Native American women have also been elected to Congress, with Democrats Deb Haaland winning in New Mexico and Sharice Davids in Kansas. There are more women in office now than ever before, and this is only the beginning. According to exit polls, they were about evenly split this year, with 50 percent choosing Democrats, compared to 48 percent who chose Republicans.

In the House, 237 women were on the ballot as major-party candidates.

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