Ben Jealous And Andrew Gillum Lose Gubernatorial Races And Other Election Night Upsets

But Abrams isn't conceding just yet.

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| November 07 2018,

04:39 am

2019 won't be made majestic with the inaugurations of three Black governors. 

After major upsets in Tuesday's midterm elections, Georgia's Stacey Abrams, Florida's Andrew Gillum and Maryland's Ben Jealous lost their state's gubernatorial races. 

Multiple reports of voter suppression in Georgia have led the former candidate to refuse to concede until all absentee and mail-in ballots are counted. Abrams, who would have made national history as the country's first black female governor, secured 48.6 of Georgia's votes with her opponent Brian Kemp winning 50.5 percent. On Tuesday afternoon, news of technical delays and hours-long waits at polling began to surface, leading to an extension of voting hours. 

The losses come as a major disappointment to Black democratic voters excited to see the three potentially make history.

Additionally, Democrats took a hit in other key races, most notably those for U.S. Senate, where Republicans will retain a majority presence

The closely watched Texas Senate race between Democratic contender Beto O' Rourke and his Republican opponent and Trump comrade Ted Cruz also brought about a victory for the Republican party. 

Although gubernatorial victories and Senate outcomes came as a heavy disappointment, the night was nothing short of history-making

Jahana Hayes and Ayanna Pressley and became the first Black women to represent their states in Congress, Ilhana Omar and Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim women elected to Congress and Sharida Jones will be the first lesbian Native-American to occupy a congressional seat. 


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