USA midterms: first Muslim women elected to congress

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are set to become the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are set to become the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress

Although Muslim men have been elected to Congress before, Ilhan and Rashida are the first Muslim women to represent Americans in the US House of Representatives. Along with being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, Omar is the first Somali-American elected to the post.

Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the U.S.

Ahead of the race, Tlaib told CBS: "The first thing I think about when somebody says you're going to be the first Muslim is celebrate this moment".

Rashida is also the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. She won the Democrat primary for the seat in August with around a third of the total vote share.

92 women have so far been elected into the US Congress on Wednesday in a make-or-break midterm elections in the United States.

Omar (D), 36, fled war-torn Somalia in the '90s and lived in a refugee camp before moving to the US.

"Regardless of whether we win or lose, this gets to shift the narrative of what is possible", she said.

Ilhan Omar in an October file photo.

The oldest of 14 children, Tlaib was born to a family of Palestinian immigrants in Detroit, where her father worked at a Ford Motor Co plant.

Georgia governor's race candidate Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, was in a fierce battle to become America's first black woman governor, and Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum was bidding to become the first black governor of Florida.

"We did this, together", she wrote on Twitter Tuesday night. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs.

His approach reflects a long-standing Republican-Democratic congressional consensus on Africa issues that has not been eroded by Mr Trump's indifference or occasional belligerence toward the continent.

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