Midterms elections were a night of “firsts”Posted: Updated:
It was a night of firsts across the country on election night.
Election night is always an exciting time for Americans, but this midterm election was extra exciting for several groups of people, previously underrepresented in politics.
Congress will have its first two female Muslim members after victories in Minnesota and Michigan. Colorado has elected the country's first openly gay governor.
Voters in Kansas and New Mexico are sending the first native American women to Congress. “I never imagined a world where I would be represented by someone who looks like me. Tonight, New Mexico, you are sending one of the very first native American women to Congress," says Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico).
Joining them will be the first female senator representing Tennessee and the first female governor of South Dakota.
But one first, is still uncertain Wednesday morning. As votes continue to be collected and counted, the race for governor in Georgia is still too close to call. Democrat Stacey Abrams, who could be the nation's first black female governor, is trailing Republican Brian Kemp. It's a battle that has been rife with controversy, as well as high-profile support from presidents and celebrities. "Votes remain to be counted. There are voices that are waiting to be heard. Across our state, folks are opening up the dreams of voters in absentee ballots and we believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach," says Abrams.