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Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Slaven Vlasic, Dustin Chambers, Noam Galai, Rachel Murray, Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 RNC/Getty Images

The 2020 general election — thus far — has ushered in a series of landmark wins across the U.S.

The state of play: Tuesday night's results, now rolling into Wednesday, highlight America's shifting political landscape.

  • Ritchie Torres, a New York Democrat, won his House race on Tuesday and will be the first openly gay Black man to serve in Congress. Mondaire Jones has won the election in New York's 17th Congressional District, become the second openly gay Black member of Congress.
  • Cori Bush (D), the first candidate to emerge from the progressive group Justice Democrats, won Missouri's 1st Congressional District. She is the first Black woman to serve in Congress from the state of Missouri.
  • Sarah McBride (D) won her bid in Delaware, becoming the country's first openly transgender state senator.
  • Florida state Rep. Byron Donalds (R) won his House race, possibly making him the lone Black Republican in the lower chamber. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) previously held that title, but is retiring this year.
  • Shevrin Jones (D) was elected as Florida's first LGBTQ+ state senator to represent District 35.
  • Michele Rayner (D) has become the first Black queer woman to win a seat in Florida's legislature.
  • Madison Cawthorn (R), 25, won in North Carolina's 11th Congressional District, making him the GOP's youngest member ever.
  • Taylor Small (D) won her House race, making her the first openly transgender person elected to Vermont's state legislature.

The big picture: America is becoming less white, young people are showing increased political enthusiasm, and minority groups, including the LGTBQ+ community, are organizing at a rapid pace. The country's political appetite is bound to change in tandem.

  • 2020's wins could be a sampler of the more diverse, non-traditional political electorate to come.

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Why it matters: It's a stark reminder of how far corporate America's top decision-makers have to go during an unprecedented push by politicians, employees and even a stock exchange to diversify their top ranks.

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate will now work through votes on a series of amendments that are expected to last overnight into early Saturday morning.

Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.