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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.

Jared Polis becomes first openly gay man to be elected governor

Jared Polis. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images
Jared Polis. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Jared Polis has won the Colorado governor’s race against Republican Walker Stapleton, making him the first openly gay man to be elected governor in the U.S.

The details: Polis, a Democrat, has been serving in the House of Representatives since 2009 and will succeed Democrat John Hickenlooper, who has been Colorado’s governor since 2011 and was facing a term limit.

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