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>> A night of firsts, as voters in four states in the midwest and northeast on Tuesday picked their candidates for the November elections.>> Together we can organize around the politics of hope.>> Democrat and Somali refugee, Ilhan Omar, won her primary in Minneapolis. If she prevails in November, she'd be one of the first Muslim woman to serve in Congress.
Yohanna Hays who was awarded the 2016 National Teacher of the Year nabbed the Democratic spot in Connecticut where she could be the state's first black congresswoman. And in Vermont, former power company CEO Christine Hallquist would be the first openly transgender person to serve as a US Governor. Reuters political correspondent James Oliphant says, one clear trend of Tuesday's primary, enthusiasm.
>> Voters are continuing to show up at very high levels, especially in places like Wisconsin and Minnesota, where you're seeing surges, not just on the Democratic side, but on the Republican side too. It's unclear whether the Democrats have a clear advantage in terms of voter enthusiasm.>> The House seat of retiring Speaker Paul Ryan is up for grabs in Wisconsin.
Republican Brian Steele, a formal aid to Ryan prevailed in his primary race over an avowed white nationalist. He'll battle it out with a Bernie Sanders backed iron worker Randy Bryce perhaps better known by his Twitter handle IronStache. And in Minnesota, former governor and one-time presidential candidate, Tim Pawlenty, who has been pretty critical of President Trump, lost.
>> We've seen candidates who have not been in lock step with Trump like Tim Pawlenty in Minnesota basically see their political careers come to an end. So yes, his shadow is going to loom large over these next coming weeks and months. And as we´ve seen in the primaries before and in the primaries last night, he basically galvanizes both sides to come out and vote, and I don´t think that´s going to be any different in November.