Election Day was full of historic firsts.

Barrier-breaking candidates won races across the country on Election Day this year. The results were a parade of “firsts” from New Hampshire to North Carolina to Montana as women, people of color, and LGBTQ candidates became the first to win elections in their respective contests.

Cities in Minnesota and Montana elected their first black mayors, and Charlotte, North Carolina, elected a black woman as mayor for the first time. Virginia elected its first Latina and Asian-American delegates. Transgender candidates won races in Virginia, Minnesota, California, and Pennsylvania.

Tuesday was a big night for Democrats — and these historic “firsts” show that the party can run a diverse slate of candidates and win.

Virginia breaks all kinds of barriers

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Danica Roem greets voters in Virginia.

Virginia’s governor’s race may have been the top story of the night, but elsewhere, candidates for state and local office were pulling off historic wins.

  • LGBTQ candidates made history: Democrat Danica Roem became the state’s first transgender lawmaker (beating the incumbent Republican lawmaker who drafted a “bathroom bill” to stop transgender people from using the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity), while Democrat Dawn Adams became the state’s first openly lesbian candidate elected to the House of Delegates. When Roem was asked about her opponent Robert Marshall last night, she said simply, “I don’t attack my constituents. Bob is my constituent now.”
  • Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala, two Democrats who defeated incumbent Republicans, became the state’s first Latina delegates, and Kathy Tran became Virginia’s first female Asian-American delegate, beating a Republican for an open seat.

Virginia also made national news for electing its first Democratic Socialist, Lee Carter, to office. Carter’s win in the Read More Here