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Muslims, Socialists, Refugee win seats in Congress

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Ilhan Omar - 2017 (cropped)
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It was an election night full of historic - or HER-storic - firsts for women. Two candidates became the first Muslim women elected to Congress: Minnesota's Ilhan Omar and Michigan's Rashida Tlaib.

Ilhan Omar is also the first Somali American as well as the first refugee to be elected in Congress; she pushed a progressive agenda, including a $15 minimum wage and subsidizing higher education costs for low-income students. She has been an open critic of Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

Tlaib was endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, as was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a DSA member who also won her race, in NY.

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