Midterm Elections 2018: Here are the Candidates Who Can Make History in November

The 2018 midterm elections are already historic in a number of ways as a record number of women and minorities run for office and voter turnout in primary races across the nation is at an all-time high. Pundits predict everything from a Democratic "blue wave" to a "pink wave" that will push women into office.

But these candidates may be some of the "first" the country has ever seen. Already gaining the party nomination in their primary races, they might go on to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress or the first female African American governor in U.S. history.

First Muslim Women in Congress

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

Tlaib is advancing to November's general election after winning the Democratic Party's nomination in Michigan's 13th congressional district earlier this month. With no Republican opponent on the ballot, she is the presumed congresswoman for the district come January 2019.

Tlaib is a current member of the Democratic Socialists of America and is running on a progressive platform including medicare for all, $15 minimum wage and strengthening unions and workers' protections. Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and was already the first Muslim woman to be elected to Michigan's legislature, where she served from 2008 to 2014.

Ilhan Omar also has a good chance to become the first Muslim woman in Congress. The Somali-American candidate won her primary race in Minnesota on Tuesday. The liberal state legislator garnered the support of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist who made waves for her upset win over 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in New York.

Omar, a mother of three, came to the United States more than two decades ago as a refugee. She is campaigning on issues like guaranteed access to public education and housing as a human right.

Youngest Woman To Be Elected To Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez already shocked the nation with her upset win over 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary race in New York. Now, she could become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 28-years-old. Ocasio-Cortez is a Democratic socialist from the Bronx who won by 13 points in the state's 14th congressional district, even with about $2 million less in campaign funds than her opponent.

Ocasio-Cortez is a political newcomer, though she has experience campaigning for Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders during their presidential runs. She is running on a platform that includes healthcare for all, access to free higher education and rails against income inequality. Come November she will be facing off against Republican nominee Anthony Pappas.

First Transgender Governor

Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, made history on Tuesday when she won the Democratic primary for governor in Vermont. Hallquist is already the first openly transgender person to ever win a major party's nomination for governor in American history, defeating three other liberal candidates to secure the Democratic nomination. She will go on to face Republican Governor Phil Scott in the general election this November.

Hallquist is focusing on issues like inclusion for all, climate change and raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Before running for office, Hallquist was the CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative.

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 is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe and won her Democratic primary race in New Mexico's 1st congressional district back in June. Haaland worked on Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008 before becoming the chair of the state's Democratic Party.

In her victory speech, Haaland addressed the president directly, telling the crowd that "Donald Trump and the billionaire class should consider this victory a warning shot: the blue wave is coming."

Davids could become the first lesbian Native American congresswoman in history after winning the Democratic Party's nomination in Kansas' 3rd congressional district. She is campaigning hard against the Republican tax bill, which she calls a "corporate giveaway" and a handout to the country's one percent. If elected she plans on creating a childcare tax credit to benefit working families.

After graduating from community college, Davids went on to become a White House fellow under the Obama administration. In November she will face off against Republican Kevin Yoder.

First Black Woman To Be Elected Governor

Stacy Abrams is on track to become the first African American woman to become governor after securing the Democratic nomination in Georgia's primary election this past May. Abrams was the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives.

But before she can make history, Abrams will face off against Brian Kemp. Kemp has made headlines for airing campaign commercials that showed him wielding a shotgun that he says "no one's taking away." The video also showed him alongside a truck that he claims he would use "just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take them home myself." Donald Trump tweeted his endorsement of Kemp, and without mentioning Abrams by name said that "she is weak on vets, the military, and the 2nd amendment."

First Openly Gay Man To Be Elected Governor

Jared Polis may become America's first openly gay man to be elected governor after winning the Democratic primary in Colorado in June. Polis, currently serving in the House of Representative, is a five-term congressman who beat out three other liberal candidates in securing the party's nomination. He and his partner, Marlon Reis, are fathers to two young children and wrote about their experience as a same-sex couple on Capitol Hill in 2009.

During his time in Congress Polis has emerged as one of the leading pro-weed politicians, creating the bipartisan Cannabis Caucus in 2017. In his campaign for governor he has pushed universal healthcare, free kindergarten and preschool and for Colorado to be a 100 percent renewable energy state.

First Female Korean-American Elected to Congress

Young Kim could become the first female Korean-American to be elected to Congress in Americah history. The Republican from candidate from California previously served as a lawmaker in the state assembly and is now the GOP candidate for the House. She has the endorsement of Ed Royce, whose open seat she is hoping to fill come November.

Kim, who was born in South Korea and moved to the U.S. with her family, is campaigning on reforming the immigration system to secure the border but also protect children brought to the U.S. without legal documentation and make sure they are "treated fairly and with compassion."

First Female Republican Senator In Wisconsin's History

Leah Vukmir could become the first female Republican senator from Wisconsin in the state's history. Vukmir has served Wisconsin as a state representative and senator since 2012. She is running on a platform to repeal Obamacare, protect the 2nd Amendment and simplifying the federal tax code.

Vukmir is up against incumbent Democratic candidate Tammy Baldwin, who has served in the Senate since 2012. Vukmir has accused Baldwin of being an "extreme liberal with no real accomplishments" while Baldwin has recently fired back by releasing an ad slamming Vukmir as a captive to corporate interests

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