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Notable firsts in high-stakes 2018 midterm elections

Press Trust of India  |  New York 

The high-profile 2018 midterm elections in the US delivered several significant firsts as voters came out in record numbers to elect the first two Muslim women and the youngest woman ever in and the nation's first

Ilhan Omar, who won in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, and Rashida Tlaib, from Michigan's 13th Congressional District, became the first Muslim women to be elected to

Democrat Tlaib and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee Omar will secure their respective seats in strongly Democratic districts following primary victories earlier this year.

In addition to being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, Omar will also be the first Somali-American Congresswoman. She came to the US more than two decades ago as a refugee. She will take the seat vacated by Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to

Daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib will fill the seat formerly occupied by Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who left office last year amid sexual misconduct accusations.

Only two other Muslims have been elected to Congress. Ellison and Andre Carson, both men, are currently serving in office.

The (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights group, welcomed the historic string of victories by candidates nationwide in the midterm elections.

"We congratulate the successful American Muslim candidates nationwide, whose victories demonstrate the strength of our political system and the growing positive role of American Muslims at every level of our society," CAIR National Executive Director said.

More than 90 American Muslims ran for office this year at the local, state and national level.

According to CAIR and Jetpac, a group that seeks to build a strong American Muslim and increase American Muslims' influence and engagement, more than 40 candidates advanced to the midterm elections.

Democratic congressional nominee won her easily and became the youngest woman ever in Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez, who turned 29 last month, had defeated Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley, among the top Democrats, in the earlier this year in a stunning victory.

Daughter of Puerto Rican parents, Ocasio-Cortez had previously worked as an organizer on independent Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

In another first, will be the next of the state, becoming the nation's first openly gay man elected to the governor's office.

Polis will succeed Democratic Gov. Democratic Kate Brown, who identifies as bisexual, is already the first openly LGBT person to be elected as governor. Former Gov. came out as gay before he stepped down from office in the early 2000s.

Polis was one of several LGBT candidates who ran for governor this cycle, along with Brown in Oregon, Democrat and Texas Democrat

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 12:15 IST