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States will elect their first women, Black candidates and more to key offices.

November 8, 2022, 11:47 PM

The 2022 midterm elections are expected to make history with their candidates: As vote counting wraps up across the country, ABC News projects that residents in several states will elect their first female, minority, LGTBQ and Gen Z candidates to state and federal offices.

Maura Healey is projected to be a "first" in multiple ways with her victory in the Massachusetts governor's race.

The Democrat, who currently serves as the state's attorney general, will not only be the state's first woman and first openly lesbian elected governor, she will also be the first openly lesbian governor in U.S. history.

PHOTO: Maura Healey, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Massachusetts, speaks during a Get Out The Vote event at Roxbury Community College in Boston, on Nov. 2, 2022.

Maura Healey, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Massachusetts, speaks during a Get Out The Vote event at Roxbury Community College in Boston, on Nov. 2, 2022.

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In Maryland, Democrat Wes Moore is projected to beat Republican Dan Cox and became the state's first Black governor. Moore is an author, former Army captain and nonprofit CEO.

PHOTO: Senate candidate Katie Britt talks to the media after voting at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., Nov. 8, 2022.

Senate candidate Katie Britt talks to the media after voting at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., Nov. 8, 2022.

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Republican Katie Britt is projected to become the first Alabama woman elected to the U.S. Senate; she was running against Democrat Will Boyd.

Britt, an attorney and businesswoman, previously served as the chief of staff to retired Sen. Richard Shelby.

PHOTO: Democrat Wes Moore, his wife Dawn, and their children, react after Moore was declared the winner of the Maryland gubernatorial race, in Baltimore, on Nov. 8, 2022.

Democrat Wes Moore, his wife Dawn, and their children, react after Moore was declared the winner of the Maryland gubernatorial race, in Baltimore, on Nov. 8, 2022.

Bryan Woolston/AP

Another female senator in Alabama, Dixie Bibb Graves, was appointed by her husband, Gov. Bibb Graves, to fill a vacancy and served for a few months in the 1930s.

PHOTO: Sarah Sanders talks to reporters after voting in Little Rock, Ark. on Nov. 8, 2022.

Sarah Sanders talks to reporters after voting in Little Rock, Ark. on Nov. 8, 2022.

Andrew Demillo/AP

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is projected to be Arkansas' first female governor by defeating Democrat Chris Jones. Sanders previously served as President Donald Trump's press secretary and is the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

PHOTO: Gov. Kathy Hochul campaigns with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, Nov. 8, 2022.

Gov. Kathy Hochul campaigns with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, Nov. 8, 2022.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul is projected to become New York's first female elected governor in the state's history when she defeats Rep. Lee Zeldin in a highly watched race. Hochul assumed office last year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace following an investigation into multiple sexual harassment allegations. (Cuomo denied intentional wrongdoing.)

Congress is also projected to be getting its first Gen Z member when it begins its new term in January: Maxwell Frost, a 25-year-old progressive activist, will win his bid to represent Florida's 10th District.

PHOTO: Maxwell Alejandro Frost, Democratic candidate from Florida, running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 U.S. midterm elections, appears in an undated handout photo provided Oct. 11, 2022.

Maxwell Alejandro Frost, Democratic candidate from Florida, running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 U.S. midterm elections, appears in an undated handout photo provided Oct. 11, 2022.

Maxwell Alejandro Frost via Reuters

Frost will defeat Calvin Wimbish to fill the seat left open by Rep. Val Demings, who ran for Senate against Republican incumbent Marco Rubio.

Karoline Leavitt, a Republican running in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, may join Frost as another Gen Z lawmaker. She is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas.

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Killexams : I'll Scratch Your Candidate If You Scratch Mine

With the Republican Party poised to barely win the House, we will now witness some of the greatest political theater in the past half-century.

The Democratic and Republican parties have the same problem and are on track to solve each other’s problems during the next eighteen months. Both parties have a nominal leader who is not loved by a large portion of his party. In the case of the Democrats, a large majority have signaled that they do not want Joe Biden running again for president. And while Donald Trump still wins most internal polls for who should be the 2024 Republican candidate, the spectacular failure of many of the candidates that he supported and promoted leaves many in the party looking to Florida for new leadership the party.

So you have the case of two parties with leaders who are not liked by large portions of their fellow party members. So what can you do to make them go away? Well, it turns out that each party will help the other get rid of its problem. With the Republicans taking the House and thus establishing control over all committees, we certainly can expect a great deal of scrutiny of the Biden family and their various dealings with foreign entities in an apparent pay-to-play arrangement that has gone on for years if not decades. And the Republicans will no doubt get a lot of help from of all places the media. When the Washington Post and NY Times belatedly admitted that Hunter Biden’s laptop was real—after Pop Biden was in the White House—it was clear that the media might play a role in getting the Bidens out of the way of a potentially more appealing candidate. Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, and several sitting governors have made noises about 2024, and the papers of record might just use their position to promote stories that are politically expedient to help the Republicans in their efforts to get to the bottom of Biden, Inc. and possibly even an impeachment. So for the next year and beyond, we will see Republicans using their new committee power to look at Hunter’s dealings and his father’s role in getting rich. And the Democrats, many of them at least, will be thrilled with any path that will help take out the Bidens, President, and Dr., and open the door to a younger and potentially more appealing candidate. Expect many Democratic-sourced anonymous quotes about Biden's malfeasance and don’t be surprised to see some honest reporting by major newspapers as they try to get the Bidens to go away and not entertain a second run for the presidency.

And the Democrats will return the favor by indicting former president Trump. Attorney General Merrick Garland has been under enormous pressure to indict Trump and hurt him politically. The fact that Trump has done the latter by promoting several clunkers in the midterms and making unwise attacks against Governor DeSantis has made him less of a force in the Republican party, though he remains popular. Many Republicans will be glad to see Trump indicted and don’t be surprised if some step up to help the Democrats and their pet DoJ fight, Trump, to make room for DeSantis or another candidate whose name does not rhyme with “slump”.

So we will have the unusual theater of watching Republicans on the hill investigating Biden and Democrats and their friends in the media quietly cheering them on with the hope that Joe Biden will not run again. And over at the RFK building, the DoJ will be planning its various prosecutions of Trump and possibly his associates, and many Republicans who either do not like Trump or believe after the midterms that Trump’s time at the head of the party is over will quietly support anything that weakens the former president and keeps him occupied with something other than politics. Many will see a witch hunt, but many others will see a great reason not to nominate the former president for another go-around in 2024. 

The Republicans could ostensibly hold off investigating Biden with the hope that he will run and thus cause a serious primary between him and Kamala Harris and/or other potential candidates who see an opportunity to switch out an unpopular president. I doubt that the Republicans will be able to resist the pressure and opportunity to investigate the Bidens after so many media and social media sources made the subject of Hunter’s laptop off-limits or tried to pass it off as “Russian disinformation”. The Republicans will investigate, call witnesses, and breathlessly report discoveries of the Bidens enriching themselves, and all the while, many Democrats will quietly be cheering them on in the hope that Joe Biden will have his jersey retired while he is still wearing it. And the DoJ will not be able to not indict Trump, especially after all of the January 6th histrionics, and so the DoJ will be doing the work of many Republicans who would like to see Donald Trump not run again in 2024. 

So remember, if the 2024 match-up turns out to be DeSantis versus Kamala, you can thank the other political party for helping get rid of the one person standing in the way of these candidates.

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Killexams : Where have all the candidates gone?

Opinion editor's note: Editorials represent the opinions of the Star Tribune Editorial Board, which operates independently from the newsroom.


Increasingly, Minnesota voters are encountering ballots with too-few options. They're used to seeing only one candidate in judicial races. Still, there's a bigger problem with a lack of quality competition — or no competition at all — in a growing number of local contests.

The number of uncontested races has gone up, meaning that the electorate has less say in representation. In many cases, the decisions made by political parties and insiders lead to fewer choices. And some would-be candidates have been scared away by divisiveness and what they see as thankless work.

That's not good for voters, for candidates, or for governing bodies such as school and county boards, city councils and the Legislature. Elected bodies need members who are more representative of the variety of people that they serve. And they need members with a range of skills, professional backgrounds and abilities to oversee taxpayer dollars and public policy.

Five of nine seats were open in this year's Minneapolis school board elections, and all went to newcomers with little experience. Of the five, two ran unopposed.

In Ramsey County, both the sheriff and county attorney ran without opposition. And in rural and metro areas, voters in 24 races had just one candidate for a state House or Senate seat. So of the 201 seats in the Legislature, candidates in just under one in eight races were unopposed.

That's the highest number of uncontested races since 2008 — the last year there were no unopposed legislative candidates. It's been more typical in the previous two decades to have about five to seven races with only one candidate.

So why is this happening, and can anything be done about it? According to some party leaders and analysts, the nasty, contentious political environment and late legislative redistricting hindered candidate recruitment in House and Senate races. And the window for campaigning was shorter than usual.

Political expert Larry Jacobs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School told a Star Tribune reporter that politics has become an often "horrible process: horrible for the candidates, horrible for their families. It's gotten more and more brutal."

Earlier this month, in an interview with an editorial writer, Jacobs said some of that can be changed by the voting public. "Voters need to demand vastly more coverage of public policy issues. We need to place more value on that," as well as more face-to-face debates and other forums with candidates.

Before the Nov. 8 election, the Star Tribune Editorial Board made a similar case in arguing for higher-quality campaigns. Having more quality candidates willing to run for public office is also critical.

"The polarization in politics generally has made it harder to get people who aren't [already] involved in politics interested in running," Ken Martin, chair of the Minnesota DFL, told the Star Tribune. "Given how toxic the environment has become, it's very difficult to convince people to supply up a job that pays them more to become a member of the Legislature."

Constituents can help by toning down their criticism of elected officials, or at least approaching disagreements without anger and abuse. They should encourage and support more well-qualified candidates to step up for public service. And political parties should work harder to field candidates even in districts they believe the other side will win.

The news media also has a role to play by focusing on issues-based political coverage and giving candidates a forum for constructive disagreement. We all can do better — especially given Minnesota's rich history of civic engagement and good government.

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Killexams : Democrats Allowed 24 Republican House Candidates to Run Unopposed

Democrats did not field candidates against 24 Republican nominations for the House of Representatives in the latest midterm elections. As a result, some candidates ran totally unopposed.

Republicans will have a majority in the House when the next Congress convenes in January but it's not clear how slim the margins will be following disappointing results for the GOP.

Some Republican candidates breezed to election victories as they faced no challenger at all, while others were opposed by third-party figures with little prospect of winning last week.

Fred Wellman, who describes himself on Twitter as a pro-democracy advocate, questioned why Democrats had decided not to run candidates in certain races.

"24 unopposed Republican candidates for the House. Candidates that did take on tough races like MTG smeared for raising money and giving their best. The 'pro-democracy' PAC's sat them all out. We deserve better," Wellman wrote.

He was highlighting a tweet from activist Andrew Wortman, who also questioned why Democrats hadn't fielded candidates in certain races and focused in particular on Republican Representative Paul Gosar.

Gosar, a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump who represents Arizona's 9th district, is a controversial right-wing congressman.

He led a challenge to the certification of Arizona's 2020 Electoral College votes on January 6, 2021 along with Senator Ted Cruz and he was later criticized in 2022 by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for attending a white nationalist conference.

Gosar was unopposed in the 9th district, which was previously designated the 4th district. In 2020, Gosar defeated Democrat Delina DiSanto by a 39-point margin.

While 24 Republican House candidates didn't have Democratic opponents, six Democrats didn't face opposition from the GOP. A total of 36 races had a candidate from just one of the two major parties, and three Democrats faced no opponent at all.

Fourteen Republicans had no opponent and 10 faced only a third-party challenge, while three Democrats also faced a third-party candidate but no Republican nominee. In six districts, Democratic candidates faced other Democrats but no Republicans.

Voters could also have backed write-in candidates where that was permitted by law.

Gosar's Republican colleague in Arizona's 8th district, Debbie Lesko, was also unopposed with the exception of write-in candidates. In 2020, she defeated Democrat Michael Muscato by a margin of more than 19 percent.

Lesko and Gosar are perhaps the most well-known House incumbents who didn't face a major party challenger in 2022.

Thomas Gift, founding director of University College London's Centre on U.S. Politics, told Newsweek that Democrats may have had good reason not to contest races they believed they were likely to lose.

"Funneling money, energy, and attention into races where Democrats have no shot at winning only diverts resources from contests that are in play," Gift said.

"While there's something to be said for running a candidate on principle—especially against 'ultra-MAGA' Republicans like Paul Gosar—there are risks," he said.

"Besides using up scarce resources, it's hard to find candidates willing to be a sacrificial lamb," Gift went on. "And even if these candidates do exist, any wrong moves they make—including gaffes, scandals, or indiscretions—reflect negatively on the party. Getting thrashed in a general election also isn't the best look for the Democratic Party."

Republican Representatives Debbie Lesko and Paul Gosar, who did not face Democratic challengers in their 2022 House races. A total of 36 races only had one major party candidate. Getty
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Killexams : Candidate Quality Mattered

On Monday, I wrote about my three key questions heading into Election Day. I’ll address the first two — about polling error and turnout — at length once results are a bit more final. But the third question, about whether candidate quality would matter, is the easiest to answer: It’s a resounding yes.

For one thing, just look at the large difference between Senate and gubernatorial results in states with both types of races on the ballot. In the nine states with battleground1 Senate races in states that also had a gubernatorial race on the ballot, there were significant discrepancies between the performance of the candidates:

Ticket-splitting abounded in key Senate and gubernatorial races

Margin between Democratic and Republican candidates as of 3 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 9 in battleground Senate races that also had a gubernatorial race on the ballot

State Senate Governor Difference
New Hampshire D+9.6 R+15.7 25.3
Ohio R+6.6 R+25.6 19.0
Pennsylvania D+3.4 D+13.4 10.0
Georgia D+0.9 R+7.6 8.5
Colorado D+12.2 D+17.1 4.9
Wisconsin R+1.0 D+3.4 4.4
Arizona D+5.0 D+0.7 4.3
Florida R+16.4 R+19.4 3.0
Nevada R+2.7 R+4.8 2.1

Source: ABC News

We could wind up with as many as five of the nine states where one party wins the governorship and the other wins the Senate race. It’s already happened in New Hampshire and Wisconsin. It could happen in Nevada and Arizona, depending how the remaining vote comes in. And it will also happen in Georgia if Democrat Raphael Warnock wins the Dec. 6 runoff since Republican Brian Kemp comfortably won the gubernatorial race.

What to expect from Georgia’s Senate runoff | FiveThirtyEight

And even in states where there weren’t split-ticket winners, there were still big gaps in candidate performance. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, won reelection by nearly 26 percentage points at the same time the GOP Senate candidate, J.D. Vance, won by just 6 points.2 In Pennsylvania, Democrat John Fetterman did well enough in the U.S. Senate race against Republican Mehmet Oz, but Democrat Josh Shapiro nonetheless won by a much larger margin against Republican Doug Mastriano in the gubernatorial contest.

Alternatively, we can benchmark candidates against the partisan lean index in each state, which measures a state’s partisan baseline and is mostly based on latest performance in presidential races. For this comparison, we’ll use the projected final Senate results as estimated by The New York Times/Upshot’s “Needle”:3

Democratic Senate candidates outperformed state partisan lean

Difference between FiveThirtyEight partisan-lean index and projected final margin for Democratic candidates in battleground Senate races

State Democratic candidate Republican candidate 538 PLI NYT Needle Proj. Diff.
AZ Mark Kelly* Blake Masters R+7.1 D+2.8 +9.9
NH Maggie Hassan* Donald C. Bolduc D+0.6 D+9.0 +8.4
GA Raphael Warnock* Herschel Junior Walker R+7.4 D+0.5 +7.9
CO Michael Bennet* Joe O’Dea D+6.7 D+14.0 +7.3
PA John Fetterman Mehmet Oz R+3.0 D+4.0 +7.0
OH Tim Ryan J.D. Vance R+12.1 R+6.6 +5.5
NV Catherine Cortez Masto* Adam Paul Laxalt R+2.5 D+0.4 +2.9
WI Mandela Barnes Ron Johnson* R+3.8 R+1.3 +2.5
NC Cheri Beasley Ted Budd R+4.8 R+3.7 +1.1
WA Patty Murray* Tiffany Smiley D+14.2 D+11.0 -3.2
FL Val Demings Marco Rubio* R+7.4 R+16.0 -8.6


The projected final margin for these races is according to The New York Times’s “Needle,” which stopped being updated at 4 a.m. Eastern on Nov. 9.

Source: The New York Times

If The Upshot’s estimates are right, then Democrats will have outperformed the partisan lean of the state in all but two battleground Senate races: Washington, where Republican Tiffany Smiley seems to have held her own against incumbent Democrat Patty Murray, and Florida, where Marco Rubio appears to have cruised to reelection by double digits.

This measure isn’t perfect. States like Colorado and Florida may be trending in different directions relative to their historic norms, so results like these may say as much about the electorate as the candidates. We also don’t know what the overall national environment was on Tuesday. Maybe Democrats beat their partisan lean everywhere on Tuesday and not just in these battleground Senate races, although an early estimate from Patrick Ruffini of Echelon Insights suggests that Republicans will win the popular vote for the U.S. House, which would make Democrats’ strong performances in Senate battlegrounds even more impressive by comparison.

None of this is surprising — in fact, it’s common: In the 2018 midterms, the results in a number of major Senate races also significantly diverged from the partisan lean of the state. This year, Republicans nominated a series of inexperienced Senate candidates, and such candidates tend to underperform statewide benchmarks. And although the incumbency advantage is smaller than it once was, some of the strongest-performing candidates, such as Rubio and New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan, were incumbents. And candidate quality almost certainly matters less than it once did, given the high partisanship of the modern political era. We’ve even made some changes to our forecast model to reflect this.

Still, another feature of modern American politics is exceptionally close races. So a candidate who underperforms by even 2 or 3 percentage points — let alone 5, 10 or more points — will often cost their party the election. Sometimes, quality has a big effect on quantity.

CORRECTION (Nov. 10, 2022, 10:50 a.m.): A previous version of this article misspelled the first name of Patrick Ruffini from Echelon Insights.

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Killexams : A ‘rainbow wave’ of candidates made history. What’s next for them?


When James Roesener answered the phone to speak to a reporter on Thursday, it was impossible not to hear his smile.

Roesener, a 26-year-old high school graduate and store manager in Concord, N.H., was two days removed from making history: becoming the first out transgender man to ever be elected to a state legislature.

He had seen plenty of enthusiasm for his campaign in the months leading up to his election, Roesener said: “Actually, a lot of people didn’t know that there weren’t any trans men in legislative office yet, so they were really hyped to be part of that.”

Still, the outpouring of attention — “overwhelmingly positive,” he said — took Roesener by surprise.

He’s still coming to terms with the gravity of his historic achievement.

“We can move mountains as a community, and we’re just kind of getting started,” Roesener said. “I’m excited to be in a time where I get to see the people who do that.”

He was reminded that he was one of those people.

Roesener laughed in response. “That’s true,” he said. “Maybe it hasn’t sunk in.”

Roesener was part of an unprecedented “rainbow wave” of LGBTQ candidates who ran for office in record numbers and won in record numbers. According to the Victory Fund, an LGBTQ political PAC that tracked queer and trans candidates across the country, out of 714 out LGBTQ candidates who appeared on Tuesday’s ballots, 436 won their races, with the possibility of even more gains in the coming days. (As of Friday morning, 25 races were undecided.)

It was also the first time out LGBTQ candidates were on the ballot in all 50 states — as well as D.C., Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. But their unprecedented success comes at a time when LGBTQ rights are at risk across the country.

Some of these trailblazing candidates will work in statehouses that have made curbing the rights of LGBTQ people a legislative priority. Others will be in a position to help codify more LGBTQ protections. As many of these barrier breakers come to terms with their historic success and what it means to their communities, they must also look ahead to what’s next.

The midterms brought more good news for LGBTQ candidates beyond their record wins. Nevada voters passed an Equal Rights Amendment that is considered the most comprehensive in the nation, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and “gender identity or expression,” among other attributes. And there were cisgender candidates who pledged to protect queer and trans people, such as Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro (D), who were embraced by large shares of voters.

Leigh Finke, a state representative-elect in Minnesota, expected that she and other LGBTQ officials would “have to fight like hell to protect the rights we have.” Finke is the first out trans woman to be elected to the Minnesota state legislature. Her run was inspired by fears that the statehouse would move in the direction that others have: toward curbing the rights of trans people.

But this week, Democrats notched major wins in Minnesota, maintaining their majority in the Minnesota House, flipping the Senate and reelecting Gov. Tim Walz (D). What’s more, all the out LGBTQ candidates on the ballot (11 total) won their races, Finke said.

“What I expected to be the case in Minnesota was a new group of queer people would come into a minority situation in the House or Senate. ... And that didn’t happen,” Finke said.

Now, Finke said, LGBTQ groups in the legislature can focus on protecting and advancing their rights, not defending them.

“The landscape has just completely changed,” she said. “I’m so excited and so eager to get in and do the work for our community.”

This is why having equitable representation of LGBTQ people in politics is so valuable, especially in state and local races, said Albert Fujii, press secretary for the Victory Fund.

“Congress gets a lot of attention, but at the end of the day, the policy that really directly impacts LGBTQ folks is at the local and state level,” he said. “It’s school boards, it’s city councils, it’s state legislatures. That is where LGBTQ freedoms are fought and won.”

And they’re happening in places some wouldn’t expect.

When Montana state representative-elect Zooey Zephyr got on a plane from New York to Montana on election night, she was flanked by people who had voted for her, she said.

There “were about a half-dozen people on the plane who were asking me about the results as it was going,” Zephyr said. Not long after her flight landed, Zephyr became the first trans woman in Montana’s state legislature.

Zephyr knows she will face challenges when she takes office next year. Republicans are poised to have a supermajority in the Capitol, where they have advanced a slew of anti-LGBTQ laws, including one that bars trans girls from competing in girls’ sports from kindergarten through college.

But those policies are the reason Zephyr decided to run in the first place. And, buoyed by the show of support from her Missoula community and people across the country, Zephyr is excited to get to work on housing issues as well as LGBTQ protections, such as banning conversion therapy.

She’s also nervous — which is not necessarily a bad thing, Zephyr said. She has been channeling the advice of a former wrestling coach, Zephyr said: “If you’re not nervous, you’re not ready.”

Those nerves are signaling to your body that what you’re doing is important to you, Zephyr said. “Every fight that will be going on in the legislature will be important to me, and it will be worth fighting for, and that means it’s worth being nervous about.”

These LGBTQ battles in conservative strongholds are important to highlight, advocates and scholars said. This is especially true for trans and nonbinary people, who have seen an uptick in laws eroding their rights.

“No matter where you live in this country, there are trans people fighting for their own safety and dignity,” said Gillian Branstetter, a communications strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union. And they’re picking up allies along the way.

A run for public office can have an especially powerful ripple effect for marginalized groups, said TJ Billard, an assistant professor at Northwestern University and executive director of the Center for Applied Transgender Studies.

“I do think [it] plays a major role in how civically engaged people are in their local communities,” Billard said.

Mauree Turner broke barriers in 2020 when they were elected to the Oklahoma legislature, becoming the first publicly nonbinary person to win such a victory in the country. Turner was also the first Muslim in Oklahoma history to serve in the Capitol. They were reelected Tuesday, earning nearly 80 percent of the vote.

Turner, a Democrat, has seen their work galvanize grass-roots political campaigns across Oklahoma County — the only county in the state that saw major Democratic wins this election cycle. And Turner can see that energy spreading: “Some of the most progressive conversations I’ve had have been in rural Oklahoma.”

But after serving their first term, Turner is also aware of the costs of being the first. During their term, Oklahoma passed a law banning the use of nonbinary gender markers on state birth certificates and a bill withholding public funds from the Oklahoma University Children’s Hospital on the basis of providing gender-affirming care.

Being a trailblazing representative can be “very toxic work,” Turner said. “You get that vitriol first and foremost before other folks really see it. I’m like, ‘Oh, God.’ This is so much worse than I think people expect or understand.”

Turner battles internally with encouraging other members of their community to get into the arena with them, “to say, ‘Do this, too. Take these lashings, too, and we get to go so much further.’ ”

Still, Turner feels deeply indebted to their community, which keeps Turner going.

“I’m just so thankful that I’m alive today and I get to do this work, because there’s so many in the community who don’t get to be,” Turner said. “I get to do that because of everybody in my life that is attached to me.”


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Killexams : Celebrities who want you to vote and are endorsing candidates ahead of midterm elections

With contentious races across the country, the Hollywood community is speaking out not only to endorse specific candidates, but also to encourage people to act on their civic duty and vote.

Whether their political affiliations are apparent, many celebrities are taking to social media to reinforce the midterm elections are an excellent opportunity for people to make their voice heard.

Some stars have gone as far as to support a specific candidate or party.


Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon encouraged people to vote in a repost to her Instagram story. (James Devaney/GC Images)

Reese Witherspoon used her platform on Instagram to share a post from her production company, Hello Sunshine, which reinforced the notion that "women's rights are human rights." The statement reads, "We're not looking to go backwards. In order to move forwards toward a bright future, we must all agree that women's rights are human rights." 

She added a "Your Vote Matters" sticker to her Instagram story.

Reese Witherspoon shared an Instagram post from her production company, Hello Sunshine, which reads, "women's rights are human rights." She added a sticker to her Instagram story that says "Your vote matters."

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo is actively campaigning for Democratic candidates on his social platforms. (Jon Kopaloff/WireImage)

"The Hulk" actor Mark Ruffalo has shared an abundance of information on his social media. In one post, the actor writes in part, "Don't buy into the Republican hype that they have this in the bag. Don't let off on the gas. Get your folks, friends, & fam to the polls."

The 54-year-old actor has publicly endorsed multiple Democratic candidates, including New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, as she seeks re-election.

Caitlyn and Kendall Jenner

Kendall and Caitlyn Jenner took different approaches when speaking on the upcoming midterm elections. (Allen Berezovsky)

Caitlyn Jenner and her daughter Kendall both addressed the upcoming elections. 

The outspoken activist in Caitlyn has made her allegiance to the Republican Party known, tweeting out, "SAVE AMERICA AND VOTE #MAGA," in reference to candidates that embody the "Make America Great Again" slogan which was originally created by former President Trump.

The supermodel had an alternate agenda, sharing to her Instagram story an infographic from the VoteSaveAmerica account. The illustration shows "ballot measures you should know about" as a potential voter. Some listed Topics include access to abortion and firearms as well as the criminal justice system.

Kendall Jenner shared to her Instagram story an infographic from VoteSaveAmerica, which highlighted some ballot measures voters would be addressing in this midterm election. (Instagram)


Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Bertinelli boldly changed her display name to Elon Musk on her Twitter account. (Zach Pagano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

Capitalizing on the purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk, Valerie Bertinelli changed her display name on Twitter to read Elon Musk, although her username is still @wolfiesmom. The actress has shared several posts related to Democratic candidates, one in which she tweeted, "#VoteBluein2022."

Scott Baio

Scott Baio called out fellow actor Rob Reiner for encouraging people to vote for specific candidates, instead of just voting in general. (Jesse Grant)

Scott Baio's Twitter account is full of replies to political oriented tweets. In one retweet from fellow actor Rob Reiner, Baio criticizes him for "telling people ‘how to vote or who to vote for’" instead of just allowing people to vote for whichever candidate they deem fit.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande shared on her social platforms a link for Floridians to register to vote. (Art Streiber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

Ariana Grande shared a slew of resources predominately for Floridians, where the singer hails from, on her Instagram story. Underneath a post from PeoplePowerFla that discusses a policy on gender-affirming care for trans youth, the Grammy Award-winner linked a website for voters to register to vote.

Ariana Grande shared a link to register to vote for Floridians under a post about gender-affirming care. (Instagram)

Sara Foster

Sara Foster is a fierce advocate for Rick Caruso as the next mayor of Los Angeles. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

In an "Ask Me Anything" conversation on Instagram, actress and entrepreneur Sara Foster shared her continued support for Rick Caruso for the mayor of Los Angeles. When asked if she would leave LA if Caruso's opponent Karen Bass, a current United States representative won the race, she said, "I am born and raised here and I'm 100% certain that Karen Bass is completely unequipped to handle what is happening in this city…I know she is a nice person, but she is not up for it." 

Sara Foster continues to actively support Rick Caruso in his bid for mayor of Los Angeles. (Instagram)


The midterm elections are on Nov. 8. 

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