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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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Stark reminder for America's corporate leaders

Rosalind "Roz" Brewer is about to become only the second Black woman to permanently lead a Fortune 500 company. She starts as Walgreens CEO on March 15.

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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Meta removes over 600 accounts linked to COVID disinformation effort by China

Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Meta announced Wednesday it has removed over 600 Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to a Chinese influence operation that claimed the U.S. was pressuring the World Health Organization (WHO) to blame COVID on China.

Why it matters: Though Meta said the network was unsuccessful, it marks yet another COVID disinformation campaign instigated by China in an effort to discredit the U.S.

Stacey Abrams launches second campaign for Georgia governor

Photo: Eze Amos/Getty Images

Stacey Abrams, voting rights activist and former 2018 candidate for Georgia governor, is running for the position again in 2022. Abrams would be the first Black female governor in the country.

Why it matters: Abrams caught national attention in 2018 by narrowly losing an election to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in a state held firmly by the GOP for nearly two decades.