Election Day 2017 brought in a sweeping tide of wins in favor of Democrats after a political blowback against a foray of Republican candidates.
Black women in particular won seats in several major races across several high stakes local and state elections. Tuesday’s victories could signal an impending warning sign for the GOP party who may face a tough election cycle in the upcoming 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential election.
Below are the candidates who ran on platforms of change and progress, claiming victory in historic local and state elections.
Jenkins was elected to Minneapolis’ city council as the first openly trans woman of color. Jenkins is also the first trans woman of color elected to a city council seat in a major U.S. city.
Oliver was elected as first Black female lieutenant governor of New Jersey on Tuesday. She previously made history as the state’s first female African-American assembly speaker.
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