2018 Midterm Results – Women And LGBT Candidates Had A Historic Night

From a pair of Native American women to a Somali refugee to the first openly gay man elected governor, the 2018 midterm elections brought a series of history-making votes that marked major accomplishments for women and LGBTQ candidates, CNN reports.

Here’s a rundown of the history made on Election Day:

  • First Native American women: Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will become the first Native American women elected to Congress, CNN projected.
  • First Muslim women: CNN projected Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party will become the first Muslim women in Congress.
  • First openly gay man elected governor: Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis’ bid for governor will be successful, CNN projected, meaning the openly gay member of Congress will become the first openly gay man elected governor.
    First female senator from Tennessee: Rep. Marsha Blackburn became the first female senator to represent Tennessee when she outlasted a challenge from former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who looked to run against his party to win in a state President Donald Trump won by 26 percentage points in 2016.

The 2018 midterm elections saw a diverse field and a record high number of women running

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