Night of firsts: Candidates make history in United States midterms

Ilhan Omar

Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, said in recent interviews that she favors a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as opposed to a two-state solution that would establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

"The first woman of color to represent our state in Congress, the first woman to wear a hijab, the first refugee ever elected to Congress and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress".

The two women were among a record number of Native Americans who ran in the midterm elections for congressional seats, governor's offices, state legislatures and other elected posts.

Americans created history on Tuesday when they elected two Muslim women - Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib - to Congress.

It was a night of firsts in the midterm elections as United States voters elected two Muslim women, two Native American women and their first openly gay governor.

In 2018, she won the Democratic nomination for Michigan's 13th congressional district and won unopposed. After moving to the U.S.at the of 12 as a Somali refugee, Omar told TIME she grew a love for politics that was inspired by her grandfather, who loved the idea of democratic governments. That may force her to resign from Detroit City Council to do so.

"I ran because of injustices and because of my boys, who are questioning their (Muslim) identity and whether they belong", Tlaib said in an USA television interview in August. Minnesota state data showed Omar winning by a large margin, and MI media reported that Tlaib had won.

Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland also broke new ground, becoming the first Native American women elected to Congress, US networks projected.

While Omar campaigned on a similarly progressive platform, which calls for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges. She also has been mindful of the historic nature of her candidacy.

Ms Omar did not know English when she went to the United States at the age 12.

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