Americans elect Muslim women to Congress for the first time


The House is getting its first two Muslim women and MA is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar reacts after appearing at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nov. 6, 2018.

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district.

Omar said President Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to get in the race.

The Palestinian-American won the Democrat primary for the seat in August with around a third of the total vote share.

In Michigan, Rashida Tlaib, 42, was elected to represent the 13th district, which is one of the safest Democratic seats.

Ilhan Omar, a 36-year-old Somali refugee, who immigrated to the United States as a teenager, beat Republican Jennifer Zielinski to take Ellison's seat.

Omar, who arrived in the United States at the age of 14 after fleeing civil war in Somalia and lived in Kenya's Dadaab camp, campaigned on a platform which called for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges.

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She shared: "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

With no Republican challenger in the race, Tlaib's election on Tuesday became a formality.

Omar will also be the first Congress member to wear a Muslim hijab, or head scarf.

Ocasio-Cortez easily won election in her district which spans parts of the NY boroughs of Queens and the Bronx. Tlaib ran unopposed, but fended off a late write-in challenge from the woman she defeated in the primaries.

Omar campaigned on a similarly progressive platform, which calls for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges.

She also has been mindful of the historic nature of her candidacy.

"It just shows how incredibly wonderful our country can be", she said.