WASHINGTON – Women candidates on Tuesday broke the record for the number of first-time House members, with at least 28 winning their elections as Democrats took control of the chamber.

The previous record of 24 was set during 1992, the last "Year of the Woman". Women wants to represent 18 of the 27 districts that are flipped Democrats.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who turned 29 in October, is the next year's freshman class wants to include women of color who have broken barriers in their states, plus the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

So far, 80 out of 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Sixty-nine of the House are Democrats, including 27 of 28 newcomers, according to a USA TODAY analysis.

Nine women senators were elected, including one freshman – Marsha Blackburn, a GOP. representative, who defeated Tennessee's former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in her bid to become the state's first woman senator. Seven of the women senators are Democrats.

Six women, meanwhile, have won governors' races.


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Currently, 84 women serve as voting House members, including 61 Democrats and 23 Republicans. That has been the record since 2013, according to the Rutgers Center.

Twenty-three women serve in the Senate, including six Republicans and 17 Democrats. Six women – two Democrats and four Republicans – are governors.

During the 1992 "Year of the Woman," voters elected more women – 24 – to Congress than in any previous decade, and that record has remained, according to Rutgers. That's why Professor Anita Hill's testimony on sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas during his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Democratic Congressional candidate Sharice Davids talks to a volunteer at her campaign office Oct. 1, 2018, in Overland Park, Kansas. (Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP)

This year, have beaten records for winning primaries, from state legislatures to governorship to Congress, according to the CAWP. Trump's presidency and the #MeToo movements' protest against sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Some of them have shared their own #MeToo movement stories in their campaigns. Others included their children in campaign ads, and in a couple of cases, even breastfed them. Another candidate, Liuba Grechen Shirley, a Long Island Democrat, approved by the Federal Election Commission.

"To me, women win because they ran, they actually wins or not," Walsh said.

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Contributing: Matt Wynn, John Kelly

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