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Women and LGBT candidates make history in 2018 midterms

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

"From a pair of Native American women to a Somali refugee to the first openly gay man elected governor, the 2018 midterm elections brought a series of history-making votes that marked major accomplishments for women and LGBT candidates.

Here's a rundown of the history made Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Record number of women to win seats in the House

A record number of women are projected to win seats in the House in a massive night for female candidates across the political spectrum.

    As of early Wednesday morning, CNN projected 96 women would win House races, with 31 women newly elected to the House and 65 female incumbents. That bests the previous record of 85 representatives, according to the Congressional Research Service.

    First Native American women

    Democrats Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will become the first Native American women elected to Congress, CNN projected. Davids' win in Kansas against GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder was a pickup for Democrats, who CNN projects to gain control of the House.

    Haaland will replace New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who vacated the seat to run for governor.

    Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and Haaland is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna, according to their respective campaigns. Davids identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas as well. She will enter Congress having previously worked as a lawyer and a former mixed martial arts fighter."

    Read the full article here.