Two Muslim immigrant women, in a first, were elected to the US Congress on Tuesday. The historic distinction was shared by Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat representative from Michigan, born to immigrant parents from Palestine and Somali-American Ilhan Omar, another Democrat candidate who won in Minnesota.
The duo is outspoken advocates of minority communities that have found themselves in the sights of US President Donald Trump’s Islamophobia sentiments and anti-immigrant policies.
Tlaib’s campaign ahead of the mid-term polls majorly focused on the topics related to securing USD 15 minimum wage, preventing cuts to welfare programmes, such as Medicare and social security, as well as stopping tax relief to large corporations.
Omar, too, campaigned on a similar agenda, seeking a universal healthcare objective and tuition-free colleges.
Meanwhile, Republican Ted Cruz has reportedly been re-elected for a second term in the Senate after he surpassed his Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke, according to US media.
As per poll trends so far, the Republicans have taken the lead in the race to win both the Senate and the House.