Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a chance to make history in November by becoming the first female president of the United States. But even as she makes her game-changing case for a seat in the Oval Office, it turns out that there are also othes running for Congress with equally historic candidacies.
Here are five potential national "firsts" this coming election.
1. Our first transgender congresswomen.
On Tuesday, two transgender women with the first name "Misty" won Congressional primaries. In Colorado's 5th district, Misty Plowright won the Democratic primary. In Utah, Misty Snow won the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. Both candidates are considered unlikely to win in November, but it's incredibly empowering for the LGBT community when a major political party nominates two transgender people for national office.
2. Our first congressman of Dominican descent.
Also on Tuesday, New York State Sen. Adriano D. Espaillat won the heavily contested primary in the 13th district to replace Congressman Charles Rangel. The district has a strong Democratic voting base, so Espaillat — an immigrant from the Dominican Republic — will likely make history in November.
3. Our first openly HIV-positive congressman.
Democrat Bob Poe, a candidate running for Congress in Florida's 10th district, revealed in a Facebook video a few weeks ago that he was diagnosed with HIV. If he wins in November, it would be an incredible step forward for people living with HIV.
4. Our first openly humanist first-time congressional candidate.
After Maryland state Sen. Jamie Raskin won the Democratic primary in May for the 8th Congressional district, The Huffington Post labeled him as an atheist. Raskin clarified with The Washington Post that he is not an atheist, but rather he is of Jewish heritage and identifies as a member of the American Humanist Association. According to the AHA website, humanism is a philosophy free of theism. It's still a big deal to possibly have an openly nontheistic candidate running for his first term in Congress.
5. California WILL elect either the first Hispanic woman or the first person of Indian heritage to the U.S. Senate.
The race for California's next U.S. senator will definitely be one for the books. California's Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, will face Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who is of Mexican descent, in November's general election. Either way, Californians will be voting to add more diversity to the U.S. Senate.
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