The current Congress has 107 women. That was the all-time high. The next Congress will have 126.

Note: The total number of women in Congress includes Martha McSally, who will join the Senate after being appointed by Arizona Governor to fill the late John McCain's seat.

The winners

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How did women do in your state?
had 0 women candidates running in midterm races — 0 won, 0 lost.
First female Senator elected
First female U.S. Rep. elected
First female Governor elected
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How did first-time candidates do?

0 first-time candidates have been elected. Several political novices already had disrupted the political order by beating long-term incumbents in House primaries, but the majority were not successful in the general election.

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How did Republican women do?

0 Republican women have been elected. Of the 277 female candidates, the vast majority were Democrats. Of the 107 women in Congress now, only 29 are Republicans; this year more than ever, they faced a complicated landscape.

An upset, historic firsts, and defeats

About this story

By Leslie Shapiro, Youjin Shin, Ann Gerhart, Kayla Epstein and Monica Ulmanu. Carrie Camillo, Mike Cirelli, Katie Mettler, Kate Rabinowitz, Kevin Schaul and Kevin Uhrmacher also contributed to this report. This story was first published on Nov. 6, 2018.

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