on Nov 07, 2018, 11:46 AM IST
Washington: Two Muslim women, for the first time, have been elected to the House of Representatives.
Quoting sources, Al Jazeera reported that the duo, namely 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.
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.
The win of the two Muslim pairs proved to be on grounds against the Islamophobia sentiments and anti-immigrant rhetoric that specifically came under more light during the governance of the incumbent president Donald Trump.
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.