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The 2018 Midterm Election Races That Made History

by Axios | Updated on 11.7.18

The first Muslim congresswoman, first openly gay man elected governor, youngest woman ever elected to Congress, and more history was made Tuesday night in the midterm races.

The big picture: This was already teed up to be a major election, with Democrats poised to take the House and the country having the first chance since 2016 to send a message to Congress. But individual races opened the door for more diversity in national politics.


Ilhan Omar, first Somali-American congresswoman

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Rashida Tlaib, first Muslim congresswoman

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Jared Polis, first openly gay man to win a governor race

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, youngest women ever elected

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Sharice Davids, first lesbian Native American in Congress

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Chris Pappas, New Hampshire's first openly gay member of Congress

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Deb Haaland, first Native American woman in the House

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  • JTTexas
    11/07/2018
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    Who cares what race, ethnic background, sexual orientation. All that matters is that if they can get the job done. And well!

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  • Sam.USA
    11/07/2018
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    This is truly a pathetic excuse of individuals who have been elected. One that is blatantly ignorant regarding political issues. Also another that practices Islam (“a SUBMISSION to God(Allah)) and reads the Quran. This demonstrates how brainwashed and unknowledgeable Americans are to stand by this. This opinion is by no means an expression of discrimination because I was once a devout Muslim and I personally know the teachings of Islam. It is NOT a religion centered around peace but in reality is a religion centered on submission and violence. For anyone that believes or speaks otherwise, you’re either fabricating this information or lack valid knowledge on Islam. Thank you.

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  • 12yanogden
    11/07/2018
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    I’m glad that those in congress reflect the populations they represent. Thank you for your service!

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  • Michael
    11/07/2018
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    Please investigate POTUS and do not be threatened by his threats. Senators please back the house on this. Thank you.

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  • Matthew
    11/07/2018
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    I want to congratulate the Democrats for proving that the inept and uneducated are now proud members of their ranks. Real Americans know that Democrats are only interested in destroying America, because they are communist.

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  • ProudAmerican
    11/08/2018
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    It’s a disgrace that Ocasio-Cortez is going to be voting on real life decisions for the rest of the country. She’s as stupid as any person I’ve ever seen.

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