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2 Muslim Women, Native American, Openly Gay Guv: The Most Diverse US Midterm Election Ever

The high-profile midterm cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour meant several winners will take office as trailblazers, marking firsts for their race and gender.

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Updated:November 7, 2018, 12:23 PM IST
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2 Muslim Women, Native American, Openly Gay Guv: The Most Diverse US Midterm Election Ever
Democrat Jared Polis walks onto the stage with running mate Dianne Primavera upon defeating Republican Walker Stapleton in the race for Colorado governor, during the Democratic watch party in Denver on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via AP)
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Washington: The US House of Representatives is getting its first two Muslim women and Massachusetts is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday's midterm elections.

The high-profile midterm cycle that produced a record number of women contenders and candidates of colour meant several winners will take office as trailblazers, marking firsts for their race and gender.

What is already the most diverse Congress ever could become even more so after Tuesday's elections and will include several trailblazers.

Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress. Pressley stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday.

Also in the House, Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. And regardless of who wins in Arizona's competitive Senate race, the state will elect either Republican Martha McSally or Democrat Kyrsten Sinema as the state's first woman to serve in the chamber.

Also in the Senate, Republican Marsha Blackburn will become Tennessee's first woman senator.

Georgia governor's race candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, and Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum was bidding to become the first black governor of Florida.

Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has won the governor's race in Colorado, making him the first openly gay person to be elected governor in the United States.

Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids became the first Native American woman elected to Congress, defeating Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder. Davids, 38, is an attorney by training and a former mixed martial arts fighter. She is also openly lesbian, in a state that is traditionally conservative.

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