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Democrats are embracing diversity ahead of crucial mid-terms

America’s first transgender governor, a huge influx of female representatives and the first Somali-American woman in Congress all came a step closer during this week’s primary elections.

The results illustrate how Democrats are embracing diversity as they prepare for crucial midterms in November which they are treating as a referendum on Donald Trump’s vision of America and American identity, according to analysis from five states.

Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran political operative, said the Democrats had boosted their midterm chances by picking candidates who reflected the communities from which they came.

“That makes them much harder to attack,” he said.

In Minnesota – where turnout surpassed a two-decade high and which is home to the country’s biggest community of Somalis – that meant selecting Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American who arrived as a refugee.

Her seat is a Democratic shoo-in, which means she is on course to become one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress (along with Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib, who won her primary in Detroit last week).

Ms Omar spent four years of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp before coming to America, an experience she deployed during her campaign.

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