Updated Nov 7, 2018 - Politics & Policy

The 2018 midterm election races that made history

Candidates that made firsts.
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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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