Trailblazers achieve big wins in US midterms – Times of India


NEW YORK: From the first openly lesbian governor to the first-generation Z member-elect of Congress, early results in the US midterms heralded a good night for diversity.
Massachusetts Voters Elected Democrat Maura Healey as America’s first lesbian governor, TV channels projected.
The 51-year-old defeated Geoff Diehl, who had been backed by ex-President Donald Trump, to overturn the Republican office.
She said she was “proud” of her historic victory and told cheering supporters it sent a message “to every little girl and every LGBTQ person out there, you can be anything you want to be.”
Healey also becomes Massachusetts’s first female governor. Her win with running mate Kim Driscoll means women will serve as both governor and lieutenant governor of a state for the first time.
In Florida, Democrat Maxwell Frost became the first Generation Z member to be elected to Congress when he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The 25-year-old defeated Republican Calvin Wimbish in a district that leans firmly on Democratic leanings.
“We have made history for Floridians, for Gen Z and for everyone who believes we deserve a better future,” the African American tweeted.
In New Hampshire, another Gen Z candidate, 25-year-old Karoline Leavitt, is also running for Congress, though she comes from the other end of the political spectrum — and was in a more competitive race.
New Hampshire, meanwhile, became the first in US history to choose a transgender as a state legislator, the Washington Post reported.
Democrat James Roesener was one of a record number of trans candidates on the ballot this year.
Roesener will not become the first openly trans legislator, as a number of transgender women have already been elected.
Alabama elected Republican Katie Britt as its first female senator, while… Sarah Huckabee Sanders was projected to win the gubernatorial race in Arkansas to become the first female governor.
Maryland Elected Its First Black Governor, Democrat Wes Moorewhile Markwayne Mullin will serve as Oklahoma’s first Native American senator in nearly 100 years.

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