The face of US Congress is set to change dramatically after America sent its most diverse group of candidates yet to Washington.

Record numbers of women and ethnic minorities ran for office in 2018, paving the way for a number of historic landmarks on Tuesday night.

The first Native American and Muslim congresswomen are heading to the House of Representatives, and Massachusetts has its first black congresswoman, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.

Some of Tuesday’s black female pioneers, like Illinois Democrat Lauren Underwood, were first-time candidates. Others, like Massachusetts’ Ayanna Pressley, were political veterans. Most were considered long shots.

Some…

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