Democrats may not have gotten the blue wave they were hoping for yesterday, but ripples were definitely made. Once the results were tallied democratic candidates broke the republican chokehold on Congress by taking back the majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years.
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This year’s midterm election – one of the biggest and most expensive in history – also heralded a change to the faces of politics in this country. Multiple historic firsts were made including the first openly gay male governor, the first Muslim woman in Congress, and the first Native American woman in Congress, marking a younger, more diverse generation of legislators headed to Capitol Hill. Scroll through to see the candidates that made history.
Though Texas is nearly 40 percent Hispanic or Latino (per census data) it took until 2018 for Escobar, an El Paso County judge, and Garcia, a state senator, to represent their Latinx women from the state at the national level.