ICYMI: Meet the Latina and Latino Candidates Who Might Make History in November - AmNews Curtain Raiser


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ICYMI: Meet the Latina and Latino Candidates Who Might Make History in November

ICYMI: Meet the Latina and Latino Candidates Who Might Make History in November 

Sweeping victories by women of color dominated the Democratic primary elections on Tuesday, many of them catapulting candidates toward potential history-making wins in November. 

A cadre of Latino Victory-endorsed federal and state candidates who stand to make history in November also advanced to the general election. They are Ben Ray Lujan, New Mexico- U.S. Senate; Teresa Leger Fernandez, New Mexico 3rd Congressional District; Xochitl Torres Small, New Mexico 2nd Congressional District; Christina Hale, Indiana 5th Congressional District; Neomi Martinez-Parra, New Mexico State Senate-District 35; Danilo Burgos, Pennsylvania House District 197; Manny Guzman, Pennsylvania House District 127. 

Media outlets including The New York Times and Vox reported on the milestone primary,  and here’s what they’re saying. 

The New York Times: Historic wins for women of color as nations protest racism

Progressive activists hailed Tuesday’s primary results as evidence that the widespread protests can spur political action, leading to important gains in electing more candidates who focus heavily on issues of race and inequality.

Vox: Women candidates win big in June primaries 

These victories are notable because they indicate that the momentum for women candidates in 2018 is poised to continue yet again this year. Given the lack of gender parity in Congress right now — women make up roughly 24 percent of legislators — additional gains for representation in 2020 could play an important role in continuing to change this breakdown.

Latino Victory-Endorsed Candidates: 

The Hill: Republican Mark Ronchetti to face Rep. Ben Ray Luján in New Mexico Senate Race 
The Hill: Democrat Christina Hale and Republican Victoria Spartz to face off in House race in Indiana 
CNN: Teresa Leger Fernandez defeats ex-CIA operative, Valerie Plame, in a competitive primary for US House seat in New Mexico
NYT: Teresa Leger Fernandez Beats Valerie Plame in New Mexico House Primary

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