- Americans are on tenterhooks as they wait for the official results of the 2020 presidential elections to be announced. Ritchie Torres and Cori Bush and others are standing out among the Congress elects and Briefly.co.za has provided some insight into these key figures.
At the same time, some candidates who won House seats in Congress inspired many after defying all odds and emerging as champions.
From Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, who were the first openly gay black men to be elected to the House of Representatives, to Marilyn Strickland who was also elected to the Congress and will be the first Korean-American in the House, the winners of the 2020 elections came from all walks of life.
1. Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones
Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, who are both Democratic candidates, won their House seats in New York going down in history as the first openly homosexual men in Congress.
Torres won in New York's 15th district while Jones scooped the House seat of New York 17th district.
2. Cori Bush
The audacious Cory Bush will be the first black woman to ever represent Missouri in Congress. In her victory speech, she said: "To all black girls and women, this is our moment."
3. Marilyn Strickland
Marilyn Strickland will be the first Korean-American woman to represent Washington State in Congress. She defeated another Democratic candidate and previously served as a Mayor of Tacoma.
4. Deb Haaland, Yvette Herrell and Teresa Leger Fernandez
Deb Haaland, Yvette Herrell and Teresa Leger Fernandez all won their House seats in New Mexico's First, Second and Third Districts respectively. This is significant as it means the entire New Mexico delegation will be made up of women of colour.
5. Sarah McBride
Sarah McBride is the first-ever openly transgender senator in the United State. She won the Delaware Senatorial seat. Moreover, McBride is also the highest-ranking transgender leader in the US.
6. Cynthia Lummis
Cynthia Lummis will be the first woman Senator in the state of Wyoming.
7. Shevrin Jones
Shevrin Jones also made history after becoming the first openly gay state senator elected in Florida's 35th District.
In a separate story, Briefly.co.za reported that a Kenyan woman has been playing a key role in Joe Biden's campaign in the US.
In similar Briefly.co.za reports on the US election, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle made history after becoming the first member of the British royal family to vote in the US election.
A close source to the Duchess told People magazine that Meghan was voting in the election but it was not clear if she cast her ballot early or voted locally near her Santa Barbara, California.
Since the mother of one made her return to the US, she has been very vocal and has always encouraged people to come out on vote during the 2020 general election. The royal has been very outspoken and revealed in August that she planned to cast a ballot.
Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex officially stepped down from their royal duties early in the year. The two bid their fans and followers farewell through their official Instagram account on Tuesday, March 31.
In the post seen by Briefly.co.za, Harry and Meghan assured fans they may not be seen in public but would keep working behind the scenes in a bid to better the lives of others.
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