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 LGBT 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