First Gay, & Muslim Candidates Elected in Minnesota


Minnesotans cast a record number of ballots in this year’s midterm election.
More than two-and-a-half-million people voted in Tuesday’s election, a 64-percent turnout rate.

Minnesota voters are responsible for a series of firsts in the midterm elections.

Minnesota’s first openly gay member of Congress is headed to Washington after Democrat Angie Craig was elected in the Second Congressional District. Keith Ellison will be the first person of color and first Muslim to serve as state attorney general. Ilhan Omar will serve as the first Somali-American to serve in the U.S. House after she was elected in the Fifth District.

Omar and Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib will also be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Tuesday was the most-watched midterm-election results in Television history.

More than 32 million Americans watched the results being called on Tuesday. Fox News won the night with seven-point-eight million average viewers during primetime. NBC was second with five-point-seven million. They were followed by ABC at five-point-two million and CNN at five million.

MSNBC had four-point-seven million viewers and CBS came in last at three-point-nine million.


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