Get to know the Black candidates who have made history in the 2020 U.S. Election

Mauree Turner is an American politician and community organizer

In some nations, there is a body or electoral commission that supervises elections, but that is not the situation in the United States. With each state having its own systems and laws for counting votes, vote-counting is still ongoing with people on the edge of their seats hoping to have a clear winner soon.

Joe Biden has said he is on course to win the election while Donald Trump has threatened to fight the outcome. And though at this point we still do not know who the complete winner is, what we do know is that a record number of Black candidates have already clinched victories in some of the races that have been mentioned.

Cori Bush

Nurse and Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush was on Tuesday elected to Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, making her the first Black Congresswoman in the history of Missouri. Democrat Bush defeated Republican candidate Anthony Rogers by a 79% to 19% margin in the race, according to data provided by CNN. Missouri’s 1st congressional district covers St. Louis and parts of St. Louis County.

Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones

The two Democrats are now the first openly gay Black men to be elected to Congress. Torres becomes the first openly gay Afro-Latino elected to Congress after being elected to represent New York’s 15th Congressional District. Torres, 32, defeated Republican Patrick Delices in the district and will now replace Representative José Serrano. Jones, 33, was elected as the representative to New York’s 17th congressional district, including areas of Rockland and Westchester Counties.

Mauree Turner, other Muslim lawmakers

Democrat Mauree Turner, 27, on Tuesday won her race for Oklahoma state House for District 88, becoming the first nonbinary state legislator in U.S. history and first Muslim lawmaker in Oklahoma. She defeated Republican Kelly Barlean with 71% of the votes.

In Delaware, Democrat Madinah Wilson-Anton became the first practicing Muslim elected to the general assembly, winning 71 percent of the vote. She’s also the first Muslim woman elected to office in Delaware’s history.

In Wisconsin, Madison Alder Samba Baldeh will be the first Muslim elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature and the first Black man from Dane County. The IT project engineer at American Family Insurance is currently in his third term on the Madison Common Council representing Madison’s 17th District.

Then there is Christopher Benjamin, who is now the first Muslim American to be elected to any state office in the Sunshine State, representing the 107th District in the House of Representatives.

Rev. Raphael Warnock

Georgia’s Senate race is heading to a run-off and the top two finishers, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler will face off against each other in the January 5 runoff for the seat. If Rev. Warnock takes the seat, he will become the first Black senator to represent Georgia.

Michele Rayner-Goolsby and Shevrin Jones

Florida has made history by electing two Black queer politicians, Michele Rayner-Goolsby and Shevrin Jones to serve in the state legislature. Rayner-Goolsby becomes the first out LGBTQ Black woman elected to Florida’s House of Representatives. Rayner-Goolsby, who describes herself as an “unapologetic Black woman,” won in Florida’s District 70. She did not face an opponent in the general election after winning the Democratic primary.

Jones is also now the first out LGBT+ person ever elected to the state senate, winning the Florida Senate District 35. The district covers parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties including Miramar, West Park and Miami Gardens.

Marilyn Strickland

The former Mayor of Tacoma, Wash., won the open 10th U.S. House District seat in Washington, defeating state Rep. Beth Doglio. Strickland will become the first Black woman to represent Washington State at the federal level and the first Korean-American woman ever elected to Congress. She will serve Mason, Pierce, and Thurston counties for two years.



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