Here's What You May Have Missed in the 2018 Midterm Elections

November 6, 2018

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By Eyasu Delesa

The 2018 midterm elections came with a record-breaking amount of votes, problems at polling places across the country, close races, and many 'firsts.'

Here are some of the notable takeaways, locally and nationally, of the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Larry Hogan was re-elected as governor in Maryland, defeating Democrat Ben Jealous, and becoming the first Republican governor to win re-election in Maryland since 1954.
  • Senator Ted Cruz held off popular Democrat challenger Beto O'Rourke to win re-election.
  • Both Stacey Abrams (Georgia) and Democrat Andrew Gillum (Florida) were defeated as challengers for governor.

Democrat Ayanna Pressley became the first black woman from Massachusetts elected to U.S. Congress.

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  was elected to Congress, the youngest woman ever to do so.

Sharice Davids will be the first native woman to serve in congress. 

Jared Polis won Colorado governor's race, becoming the state's first openly gay governor.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.

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