Midterms Live results

By Ella Nilsen and Ryan Mark
Updated

A record number of candidates could be historic firsts this year

The day after Election Day, several states and congressional districts will likely have made history by sending the first black, LGBTQ, Native American, and Muslim women to the halls of Congress or governors’ mansions.

There is an impressive slate of candidates aiming to make history in 2018. While the large majority are Democrats, there’s at least one Republican — South Dakota gubernatorial candidate Kristi Noem — who could become the state’s first woman governor.

In Florida and neighboring Georgia, Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams are looking to make history as the first black governors of their respective states. Maryland Democrat Ben Jealous is hoping to do the same, but he’s in a tough race against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. Abrams would make national history if she wins as America’s first black woman elected governor. The Gillum and Abrams campaigns have captured the attention of many voters of color, who helped propel both to win their respective primaries.

In Colorado, Rep. Jared Polis (D) could become America’s first openly gay governor if he wins his race. And in Vermont, Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist is blazing a trail as the first transgender major-party nominee for governor.

The slate of 2018 candidates mirrors the history-making turns that dozens of Democratic candidates for municipal and state office made last year, as transgender candidates won races in four states, cities in Minnesota and Montana elected their first black mayors, and Charlotte, North Carolina, elected a black woman as mayor for the first time.

The 2018 candidates for governor and Congress are building on that momentum and sending a clear message: America wants to elect candidates who actually look like the people they’re representing.

Georgia Governor

Stacey Abrams aims to be America's first black woman governor

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
GOP Brian Kemp 1,978,408 50%
DEM Stacey Abrams 1,923,691 49%
LIB Ted Metz 37,236 1%
2,634 of 2,634 (100%) precincts reporting, 3,939,335 total votes

Florida Governor

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum could become the state's first black governor

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
GOP Ron DeSantis 4,074,728 50%
DEM Andrew Gillum 4,040,155 49%
OTH Darcy Richardson (Reform Party) 47,109 1%
IND Kyle Gibson 24,381 0%
IND Ryan Foley 14,760 0%
IND Bruce Stanley 14,760 0%
6,007 of 6,007 (100%) precincts reporting, 8,215,893 total votes

Maryland Governor

Ben Jealous, a former NAACP president, aims to be the state's first black governor

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
GOP Larry Hogan 1,222,925 56%
DEM Ben Jealous 928,461 43%
LIB Shawn Quinn 12,369 1%
GRN Ian Schlakman 10,321 0%
1,991 of 1,991 (100%) precincts reporting, 2,174,076 total votes

Colorado Governor

Jared Polis is well-positioned to become the first openly gay person elected governor

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Jared Polis 1,345,156 53%
GOP Walker Stapleton 1,076,916 43%
LIB Scott Helker 69,156 3%
OTH Bill Hammons (Unity Party) 25,722 1%
3,173 of 3,173 (100%) precincts reporting, 2,516,950 total votes

Vermont Governor

Christine Hallquist is the nation's first openly trans gubernatorial candidate

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
GOP Phil Scott 151,271 55%
DEM Christine Hallquist 110,339 40%
IND Trevor Barlow 3,266 1%
IND Charles Laramie 2,288 1%
IND Cris Ericson 2,129 1%
OTH Stephen Marx (Earth Rights Party) 1,855 1%
OTH Emily Peyton (Liberty Union Party) 1,841 1%
275 of 275 (100%) precincts reporting, 272,989 total votes

Minnesota US House 5

Ilhan Omar is a Somali American and aims to be one of the first Muslim women in Congress

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Ilhan Omar 267,690 78%
GOP Jennifer Zielinski 74,437 22%
236 of 236 (100%) precincts reporting, 342,127 total votes

Michigan US House 13

Rashida Tlaib aims to be one of the first Muslim women in Congress

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Rashida Tlaib 163,782 85%
OTH Sam Johnson (Working Class Party) 21,978 11%
GRN D. Etta Wilcoxon 7,903 4%
426 of 426 (100%) precincts reporting, 193,663 total votes

New Mexico US House 1

Deb Haaland aims to be one of the first Native American women in Congress

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Debra Haaland 144,342 59%
GOP Janice Arnold-Jones 89,069 36%
LIB Lloyd Princeton 11,143 5%
467 of 468 (100%) precincts reporting, 244,554 total votes

Idaho Governor

Paulette Jordan aims to become the country's first Native American governor

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
GOP Brad Little 361,671 60%
DEM Paulette Jordan 231,065 38%
LIB Bev Boeck 7,259 1%
OTH Walter Bayes (Constitution Party) 6,381 1%
960 of 960 (100%) precincts reporting, 606,376 total votes

Massachusetts US House 7

Ayanna Pressley would be the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in the House

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Ayanna Pressley 197,026 100%
242 of 270 (90%) precincts reporting, 197,026 total votes

South Dakota Governor

Kristi Noem aims to be South Dakota's first woman governor

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
GOP Kristi Noem 172,894 51%
DEM Billie Sutton 161,416 48%
LIB Kurt Evans 4,844 1%
697 of 697 (100%) precincts reporting, 339,154 total votes

Maine Governor

Janet Mills aims to be Maine's first woman governor

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Janet Mills 305,360 51%
GOP Shawn Moody 257,159 43%
IND Teresea Hayes 35,607 6%
543 of 584 (93%) precincts reporting, 598,126 total votes

New Mexico Governor

Michelle Lujan Grisham aims to become the state's first Democratic Latina governor

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Michelle Lujan Grisham 392,215 57%
GOP Steve Pearce 294,875 43%
1,490 of 1,492 (100%) precincts reporting, 687,090 total votes

Kansas US House 3

Sharice Davids aims to be one of the first Native American women in Congress

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Sharice Davids 164,253 53%
GOP Kevin Yoder 136,104 44%
LIB Chris Clemmons 7,643 2%
628 of 628 (100%) precincts reporting, 308,000 total votes

Colorado US House 2

Joe Neguse would be the first African American elected to the US House from Colorado

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Joe Neguse 259,516 60%
GOP Peter Yu 144,847 34%
IND Nick Thomas 16,343 4%
LIB Roger Barris 9,745 2%