Latino Champions in the Midterm Elections
The midterm elections resulted in a deeply diverse Democratic base, among women, Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community and people of color. These are the Latino champions that took part of that wave of change.
While the image of the white, heterosexual man solidifies in Republican politics, on the other side of the aisle something impressive is happening.
For the first time in the history of the party, Democrats have won victories with unexpected candidates.
Two Muslim women have won their races for the House of Representatives, Colorado has elected its first openly homosexual governor, and two Native American women also positioned themselves as winners.
Similarly, the Democratic Party has taken the lead in supporting women candidates, who gave the Party two-thirds of its victories.
At a time when minorities are the Administration's favorite target when it comes to making random attacks, the recovery of the majority in the House of Representatives - as well as the massive participation of young people and women in the elections - are a breeze of hope for the next two years of Donald Trump's government.
Within this good news is a handful of Latinos who managed to win their races to Congress and to the government.
Garcia positioned herself as the party's favorite to represent the state of Texas in the 29th Congressional District during the Primaries. Last Tuesday, Garcia defeated her Republican opponent, Phillip Aronoff, with 75.1% of the vote.
Similarly, Escobar won the Democratic Party victory in the 16th District of Texas, winning with 68.4% of the vote.
As expected, Ocasio has become the youngest member to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, obtaining 78% of the votes in the 14th Congressional District elections in New York.
Michelle Luján Grisham
The Democratic Representative of New Mexico and chairwoman of the Hispanic Caucus in Congress has won the victory to become the first Latina and Democrat governor with 56.9% of the vote.
With 49.8% of the vote, Delgado defeated Republican incumbent John Faso in the race for the 19th District of Congress in New York, not only giving the Democrats an important victory but becoming the first Latino, biracial representative in the seat.
Democratic candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell defeated the Republican (and also Latino) incumbent, Carlos Curbelo in the race for the 26th Congressional District in Florida, with 50.9% of the votes.
Despite the impressive campaign of his opponent, Ted Cruz won reelection for his seat in the United States Senate by the state of Texas, with 50.9% of the vote.
In the same way, José E. Serrano and Nydia Velázquez (New York); Ben Ray Luján (New Mexico), Juan Vargas, Norma Torres, Lou Correa, Jimmy Gómez, Nanette Barragán, Salud Carbajal, Pete Aguilar, Tony Cárdenas, Linda Sánchez, Raúl Ruiz and Jim Costa (California); Chuy García (Illinois), Filemon Vela and Vicente González (Texas), Darren Soto and Mario Díaz-Balart (Florida), Rubén Gallego, Raúl Grijalva (Arizona), and Jaime Herrera (Washington) are part of the Hispanic winners this year.