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Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at her midterm election night party in New York City on Tuesday.

The mid-term elections brought a surge of female candidates to ballots across America in a vote being seen as a referendum on the Trump presidency.

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

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"In district after district and led by a huge turnout from women voters, seats have been flipped - ousting Republicans who have failed their constituents and electing women at a record-setting pace to take their places", said Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily's List, a political organization that helps elect Democratic women.

Republican Kristi Noem beat out Democrat Billie Sutton in the unexpectedly close South Dakota governor's race, and she will be sworn in next year as the first woman elected to the state's highest office. A self-styled progressive, Tlaib is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump and was arrested two years ago for disrupting a Trump speech in Detroit. She won the general election after running unopposed. Women's issues are the economy, their education, their gun control. Candidates like Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton in Virginia, Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey, and Angie Craig in Minnesota helped the party win Republican-held seats in the suburbs.

Asma Mohammed and Ashley Fairbanks celebrate as results come in at Democratic candidate Ilhan Omar's election night headquarters in Minneapolis on Tuesday. Democratic women won one Republican-held seat in IL, two in Iowa, and one in Kansas.

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And several of the female candidates broke records of their own. Davids was up against incumbent Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder.

Like Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley cast her election as part of a need for better representation in the era of the #MeToo movement. Also in the Senate, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator.

Democrat Mike Espy, who will face Mississippi Republican Rep. Cindy Hyde-Smith in a December runoff, could become the state's first black senator since Reconstruction.

Colorado voters delivered a historic win Tuesday with Rep. Jared Polis projected to be the country's first openly gay male governor. There are six women governors, and the record is nine, which was reached in 2004 and 2007.

In the House, 71 incumbent women were running for re-election, 46 were running for open seats and 120 were challenging sitting House members, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

In Florida, 77-year-old Democrat Donna Shalala is starting a career in the US House of Representatives after winning a district that has always been in Republican hands.


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