United States Midterm Elections: The Headline Candidates and History | US News

United States Midterm Elections: The Headline Candidates and History |  US News

The 2022 US midterm elections have seen a progressive revolution, with some candidates making history.

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Maura Healey is the first lesbian governor of the United States. Photo: AP

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The Democratic attorney general of Massachusetts has been elected governor of the state.

The 51-year-old has made history as the country’s first openly lesbian governor and the state’s first openly gay woman and candidate elected to office.

He defeated Republican Geoff Diehl, a former state representative who was backed by donald trump.

“Tonight I want to say something to all the girls and all the LGBTQ youth. I hope tonight shows you that you can be anything, whoever you want to be and nothing and no one will stand in your way except your own imagination.” ”, she said in his victory speech.

Ms. Healey is not the first woman to serve in the office. Republican Jane Swift, then the lieutenant governor, became acting governor in 2001 when Paul Cellucci resigned to become ambassador to Canada, but was never elected governor.

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Maxwell Frost, 25, has become the first member of Generation Z elected to Congress. Photo: AP

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The Democrat has become the first member of Generation Z to win a seat in Congress.

The 25-year-old Afro-Cuban gun reform activist, whose campaign also focused on abortion rights, defeated Republican Calvin Wimbish, a 72-year-old retired US Army Green Beret.

He won the seat for Florida’s 10th Congressional District, based in Orlando, which contains attractions like Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort.

“!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to represent my home in the United States Congress.”

US political data analyst Pew Research Center defines Generation Z as anyone born after 1997, with Millennials born between 1981 and 1996.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been elected as the first female Governor of Arkansas. Photo: AP

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Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was Donald Trump’s White House press secretary, was elected as the first female governor of Arkansas.

The 40-year-old defeated Democratic candidate Chris Jones, an ordained Baptist minister and nuclear engineer who had presented himself to voters as a more unifying figure, in the gubernatorial race in her predominantly Republican home state, where former President Trump remains. being popular. .

Trump publicly encouraged her to run for governor when she left the White House in 2019 to return to Arkansas.

Sanders briefly dropped out of the campaign trail in September after undergoing surgery for thyroid cancer. His doctor said that he was cancer free after the surgery.

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Democrat Wes Moore is the first black governor of Maryland. Photo: AP

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In Maryland, a state where 31% of the population is black, Democrat Wes Moore became the state’s first African-American to win a gubernatorial election.

The 44-year-old author, backed by former President Barack Obama and talk show host Oprah Winfrey, defeated his Republican opponent Dan Cox.

“It’s not lost on me that I myself have made a bit of history here tonight,” he told his supporters.

“I’m honored to be a part of this legacy… That’s not why we entered this race. The story that matters most to us is the story that we, and the people of this state, are going to make together for the next few years.” four years”.

John Fetterman 'flipped' Pennsylvania by winning state contest for senator
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John Fetterman ‘flipped’ Pennsylvania by winning state contest for senator

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In a critical victory for the president Joe Bidens Party, the Democrat flipped a Republican-held Senate seat in Pennsylvaniabeating famed Republican physician Mehmet Oz and bolstering his party’s chances of occupying the chamber.

For the 53-year-old, the state’s lieutenant governor best known for preferring hoodies to suit jackets, the victory was a personal triumph after suffering a stroke earlier this year.

His opponent, the TV doctor who was Trump’s hand-picked candidate for the race, had questioned his fitness for the job.

Speaking at his election night event in Pittsburgh, Mr. Fetterman said, “This race is for the future of every community across Pennsylvania. For every small town or person who has ever felt left behind.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul celebrates
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul celebrates

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The 64-year-old made history by becoming the first woman elected governor of New York, after taking the reins when former Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned over sexual harassment allegations in 2021.

Now he’s won the job outright, defeating Republican Lee Zeldin after a closer-than-expected race.

Ms. Hochul appeared at a rally days before the election with Vice President kamala harristhe first woman to be elected to the second highest office in the country, and Hillary Clintonthe first woman to be a major party presidential candidate and the first woman senator from New York.

“Tonight you made your voices heard loud and clear,” he told his followers. “And you made me the first woman elected to be governor of the state of New York. But I’m not here to make history, I’m here to make a difference.”

Delia Ramirez.  Photo: Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register/USA Today Network/via Reuters
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Delia Ramirez. Photo: Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register/USA Today Network/via Reuters

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Democratic state representative Delia Ramírez has become the first Latina elected to Congress from Illinois.

The 39-year-old defeated Republican Justin Burau.

“We just made history tonight,” he told his followers. “We broke a glass ceiling.”

“I am proud to serve as your next congresswoman.”

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