By: Ellen Cranley – aol.com – August 28th 2018
Voters head to the polls Tuesday for primary elections in Florida, Arizona, and Oklahoma in a potentially historic vote.
Tonight’s primaries include 15 millennials who are running for seats in the House of Representatives, and Florida’s race for governor could yield some demographic firsts for state offices.
Continuing the swell of candidates gunning to shake up Congress in November’s midterms, six millennials are running in Arizona, and eight in Florida, according to Axios.
Four of the Sunshine State’s races could make history.
Democrat Cedric McMinn could become the state’s first openly gay African-American lawmaker if he wins his race for state representative.
Former state Rep. Gwen Graham and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum both stand to make history if successful in the race for Florida governor, as either the first woman or the first African-American in the office, respectively.
If elected, Rep. Sean Shaw would be state’s first African-American attorney general.
But they all have to win the primaries on Tuesday, then the general election in November, if they’re going to make history.
The Pew Research Center defines millennials as born between 1981 and 1996, making the age ceiling for the term 37. The average age of a member of Congress is almost 58 in the House and almost 62 in the Senate — one of the oldest in recent history, according to the Congressional Research Service.
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