2018 Midterms: Here Are the Candidates Who Could Make History for Women and Minorities in November 6 Elections

The 2018 midterm elections are likely to be historic for a number of reasons, but some candidates have the potential to become momentous firsts for the country. 

At the polls on Tuesday, voters across the United States will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for women and minorities poised to make history. This election cycle could see the first Muslim congresswoman, the first female African-American governor and the youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress, to name a few.

Here are the candidates who could win barrier-breaking races this Election Day.

Youngest Woman Ever Elected to Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned both political parties when she won her Democratic primary against 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in New York's 14th Congressional District this summer. The 29-year-old political newcomer is a shoo-in to win Tuesday's election against Republican nominee Anthony Pappas and become the youngest woman to serve in Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez, who once campaigned for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and President Barack Obama, has run on a platform that includes health care for all and access to free higher education. Her endorsements have helped other progressive women win their primary elections this year, including candidates Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Julia Salazar of New York.

First Muslim Woman in Congress

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar could both become the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

Tlaib advanced to Tuesday's ballot after she won the Democratic primary in Michigan's 13th Congressional District. With no Republican opponent on the ballot, she is the presumed House representative for the district come January 2019.

Omar also has a good chance to become one of the first Muslim women in Congress. The Somali-American candidate won the Democratic primary in Minnesota after gaining the support of New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Omar came to the United States more than two decades ago as a refugee.

First Black Woman to Be Elected Governor

Stacey Abrams is battling Republican Brian Kemp in the race for governor of Georgia, which has become one of the most competitive and highly watched races of the year. If she wins, she will become the first African-American woman in U.S. history to become governor.

Polling shows Abrams and Kemp to be virtually tied. One survey recently released by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows Abrams with 46.9 percent of the vote and Kemp with 46.7 percent.

First Native American Woman in Congress

Deb Haaland of New Mexico and Sharice Davids of Kansas could become the first Native American women in Congress.

Haaland, who worked on President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign before becoming the chair of New Mexico's Democratic Party, is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. Polls show her ahead of her Republican opponent by nearly 8 percent.

Davids could become the first lesbian Native American congresswoman in history after winning the Democratic nomination in Kansas's 3rd Congressional District. After graduating from community college, Davids went on to become a White House fellow in the Obama administration. Polls show Davids with as much as a 7-point lead over her Republican opponent, Kevin Yoder.

First Transgender Governor

Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, already made history earlier this year when she won the Democratic primary for governor in Vermont. The victory made her the first openly transgender person to ever win a major party's nomination.

Now, Hallquist could make history again for the LGBTQ community in Tuesday's election, where she squares off against Republican incumbent Phil Scott. Hallquist has received endorsements from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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A woman holds a sign during a rally and march on October 13 in Chicago to inspire voter turnout ahead of midterm elections. Women and minority candidates have the chance to make history this year. Kaim Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images

Other Potentially Historic Candidates

Lauren Baer: Baer may become Florida's first openly LGBTQ member of Congress. The attorney previously worked for the Obama administration.

Marsha Blackburn: The Republican could become Tennessee's first female senator. The representative is the first GOP woman nominated for the Senate. She is also the state's first woman in four decades to nominated by a major party for the Senate.

Angie Craig: Craig could be Minnesota's first openly LGBTQ member of Congress.

Andrew Gillum: Gillum could become the first African-American governor in Florida's history. He is the Democratic nominee and mayor of Tallahassee.

Jahana Hayes: Hayes could be the first black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress.

Cindy Hyde-Smith: Hyde-Smith could be the first woman elected to represent Mississippi in Congress, even though she has been in the Senate since April, when she was appointed to fill a vacancy. She is running in a special election against Chris McDaniel and Mike Espy. If Espy wins, he will be the state's first black senator since Reconstruction.

Ben Jealous: Jealous may become Maryland's first African-American governor. The Democrat is the former head of the NAACP.

Young Kim: Kim could become the first female Korean-American to be elected to Congress in American history. The Republican candidate from California was born in South Korea and moved to the U.S. with her family at a young age.

Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema: Either would become Arizona's first woman elected to the Senate. Both currently serve in the House, and are running for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Jeff Flake.

Rick Neal: Neal could become Ohio's first openly LGBTQ member of Congress.

Kristi Noem: South Dakota could have its first female governor if Noem, a Republican, wins on Tuesday.

Gina Ortiz Jones: She could be the first Filipina-American in Congress, as well as the first openly LGBTQ member of Congress to represent the state of Texas.

Jared Polis: Polis may become America's first openly gay man to be elected governor. The congressman is running in Colorado.

Ayanna Pressley: She could become the first black woman to serve in Congress from Massachusetts.