The historic firsts of the 2018 midterms

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at 29 is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress

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.

And it appears to have come true.

Ayanna Pressley (above) became the first Black woman to be elected to Congress from MA.

The most high-profile new Democratic member of Congress is trying to figure out how to afford an apartment in Washington and trying to stretch funds from her restaurant job until January.

"There is nothing inherently noble about protecting a status quo that does not serve the needs of working-class Americans", said Ocasio-Cortez, one of a handful of Congressional candidates this year who identified as democratic socialists. The first-time candidate, of Puerto Rican heritage, said in her victory speech: "Today is a milestone, but it's really a beginning, it truly is a beginning..."

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Ayanna Pressley became the first black woman to be elected into the House of Representatives from MA.

Among the many firsts: the first two Muslim congresswomen, Michigan's Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar; the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; and the first Native American women in Congress, New Mexico's Debra Haaland and Sharice Davids of Kansas. The former Central Intelligence Agency officer beat Tea Party incumbent Dave Brat in no small part through the activism of local liberal women's groups.

In Connecticut's 5th Congressional District Jahana Hayes defeated Republican Manny Santos and became the first Black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress.

For this wave of women leaders, the next few years are going to be about much more than stereotypical women's issues. "That means it's my responsibility to do something", Ocasio-Cortez told ABC News.

And there are plenty of historic "firsts" to celebrate.

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US light crude was 50 cents higher at $63.64. "We will continue talking to the rest to bring oil imports to zero", Pompeo said. The sanctions are meant to force Iran to agree on a new deal that will ban it from any nuclear possession, the Treasury said.

Abby Finkenauer, congresswoman-elect for Iowa's 1st district.Cindy Axne, congresswoman-elect for Iowa's 3rd district.

The vast majority of newly elected women are Democrats.

Ms Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a former mixed martial arts fighter who was raised by a single mother. A year ago she was working in a bar and helping to support her family. "Let's get to work!"

"Here in Minnesota, we don't only welcome immigrants, we send them to Washington" said Ilhan Omar, a Muslim Somali-American who came to the USA as a refugee and won 78 per cent of the vote in Minnesota's 5th congressional district. The spotlight in the midterm elections was stolen by female candidates as a lot of them ran for office. The previous record was 85, set in 2016.

And down in the state of Texas, 19 Black female judges who ran for the first time or re-election for judge positions in Harris County all won.

Pompeo talks up Iran sanctions ahead of midterm elections
The US measures were imposed on Monday after the Trump administration pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year. Iran's president has said his country will "proudly bypass" Donald Trump's "illegal" and "unjust" sanctions by selling oil.

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